"When Kevin died he was 31-years-old, and that had an impact," said Capt. Boyles. "We're not immortal and life does pass you by pretty quickly if you don't stop and look around."
Pryor died after suffering a stroke last June, just one day after returning from fighting wildfires in Northern California.
"It was a real shock to us, a small fire department of just over 100 people. It was very sad and hard to cope with," said firefighter Ty Lunde.
"Our T-shirts that we wear have a shamrock on them because of his Irish lineage. He held a lot of pride in that," said Boyles.
Pryor was firefighter for nearly 10 years, and his friends say the 31-year-old was also an athlete who climbed Mount Whitney a year before his death. His coworkers say it's a reminder not to put things off.
"It caused us to take a look at our own lives as husbands, fathers, friends, family and firefighters," said Boyles. "He's inspired us to do the things that we want to do. Something as simple as a half marathon is a good way to demonstrate that, and let others know that his memory is still alive with us."
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