(Prescott, AZ) -The widow of one of the nineteen firefighters killed battling a wildfire in Arizona, spoke out about her loss on the Today Show.
Juliann Ashcraft says her husband, Andrew Ashcraft, and 18 other firefighters, died doing what they love.
During her interview, Ashcraft described exchanging text messages and photos of their four children just hours before he died.
"I told him what our daughter had been saying when she was watching the thunderstorm...she said Mommy, daddy really needs to see this. When I told him that he said , 'I really wish I could see it...we could really use some rain over here.' And that was the last I heard from him," said Ashcraft, fighting back tears.
"It's a sad day, but we're hanging in there. We have a lot of support from the community, a lot of support from the other wives who are going through the same thing. And we're doing the best we can...one day at a time."
Andrew Ashcraft and 18 other members of the elite "hot shot" team, died Sunday battling an out-of-control wildfire outside the town of Yarnell.
The wildfire is still burning. Fire officials say it is only about eight percent contained.