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Memorial service to be held for fallen AZ firefighter in Hemet

Chris MacKenzie, 30, is shown in this undated file photo provided by his family. MacKenzie was one of 19 firefighters who were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz.

July 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A memorial service will be held in Hemet Saturday to honor one of the fallen firefighters killed battling an Arizona wildfire.

Christopher MacKenzie and 18 other firefighters died on June 30 when they were overrun by the Yarnell Hill Fire near Phoenix.

An avid snowboarder, MacKenzie, grew up in California's San Jacinto Valley, where he was a 2001 graduate of Hemet High School and a former member of the town's fire department.

He joined the U.S. Forest Service in 2004, then transferred two years ago to the Prescott Fire Department, longtime friend Dav Fulford-Brown told The Riverside Press-Enterprise.

MacKenzie, like at least one other member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, had followed his father into firefighting.

The victim's remains arrived home Wednesday along with those of 21-year-old firefighter Kevin Woyjeck of Seal Beach.

The service for MacKenzie will be held at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater at 6 p.m.