EKALAKA — Dustin DeFord loved fighting fires. He loved his family and his friends. And he loved Jesus.
On Oct. 3, 1933, the Griffith Park wildfire killed 29 firefighters in Los Angeles.
As soon as he turned 18, Dustin Deford volunteered for the Carter County Rural Fire Department in Ekalaka, embarking on a career that ended Sunday in an Arizona inferno.