Volunteers stood outside the Diamond Springs Fire Department waving shirts at cars passing by. A steady stream of people walked up to the table where volunteers were selling the shirts and tickets for a fundraising dinner to support Amanda Misner and her unborn son Jaxon.
Misner is the widow of Sean Misner, one of the 19 firefighters killed in the Arizona fire on June 30, and is a native of the area. She was raised in Placerville and attended Union Mine High School, though is currently living in Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Sean Misner was a rookie in his first year with the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, Ariz., and would want a celebration of his life, said Brittany Alonzo, a best friend of Amanda Misner’s. All proceeds go to his widow, Alonzo said.
On July 5, the T-shirt sales were going “very, very well. There’s been a lot of support, which is great,” said Amanda Wallace, another of Amanda Misner’s best friends.
The shirts were being made just across the street at Dynamic Designs Screen Printing.
“We can’t keep up with the demand,” said owner Dawn Durrett. “We’re begging for more shirts from Walmart and Kmart.
Durrett was fulfilling the orders pouring in from locals, Facebook and out-of-towners with a Brother GT-3 81, the “mac daddy of printing,” churning out 150 shirts in about a day and a half. The machine can airbrush shirts up to 6XL size, and Jenelle Frizell noted they were trying to set something up to handle online orders.
The shirts themselves have Arizona’s Granite Mountain Hotshots official logo, approved by the department for use on the shirts, with the names of the 19 fallen firefighters on the back — the only shirt so far with all the names, hence the high demand, Durett said. The front features a different logo with Misner’s name underneath it.
The shirts can be purchase at Dynamic Designs, 484 Pleasant Valley Road, #10, or at Capitol Sierra Insurance, 6245 Pleasant Valley Road.
The taco dinner, raffle and silent auction will take place on July 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Firefighter’s Memorial Hall at 501 Main St. in Diamond Springs. There will also be a drive-through option for those who cannot stay. Pre-sale tickets are $10, tickets at the door will be $15.
Anonymous donations can be made at any Bank of America, account number 164102143617, tax ID number 46-3107689. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at facebook.com/events/289536947856638.