Travis Carter, 31, of Paulden, Ariz., was killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday, June 30, 2013.(Photo: Via The Arizona Republic)
"If there was anybody that anyone would want to protect their homes, it would be that crew. They'd been doing it for so long; they were perfect at what they did.
"He loved his kids more than anything. That's what he lived for, seeing them happy and having family time. He loved being outdoors. It was his passion."
They met while she was working at a cosmetic counter at Dillard's.
"He just came up and talked to me," she said. "Everybody said it wasn't like him because he was incredibly shy. He still did not have an answer as to why he did it, to this day.
"He had a heart of gold. He was one of those people who would do anything for anybody, whether he knew them his whole life or met them five minutes before."