Why did it take seven years for the GMHS GPS Units to finally become public record? Why Brad Mayhew?

Author: Joy A. Collura & Contributing Author

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If you are a family, friend, or loved one of the GMHS and I know you - I did my best to reach you so that you were not blind-sided. I am sorry it took City of Prescott Deputy Clerk Staff Michelle Shaw's communication to bring this all to light. Read below.

Before I begin, "prayer warriors" I need you to pray for someone I love who is dealing with a Brain Aneurysm and his path right now and may You have the blood of Jesus Anoint and Atone and Heal this friend, this very second - in the name of Jesus Christ, prayers for this message today and all affected by it, and all unspoken prayers. Thank you.

First off, my GPS unit that was taken from me June 30, 2013, and Kestrel - even if it was stolen - showed its "map location" because I had my Garmin account and I kept a log of my trails. Sometimes, I would post it long ago on HikeAz. I spoke to a Garmin Tech Rep and he too said if a device is Lost, Stolen, and or Damaged, there is still the folks who possibly connected their Garmin device to online mapping, either on their cell, laptop, or desktop.

So then, what this means is that there is a way to go back even to 2013 - "right now" - he said.

So we know that "Google History Location" plans to wipe clean, anything after 18 months. However, there are other apps one can use to track the steps of not only the GMHS and the hikers, but all who were there between the Helms and the Shrine and to Peeples Valley. I think it is time we do that. Even if it requires a lawsuit of the individual outside their Agency, because we know some just showed up, and was not "on the clock" on G-time, so we can take them to court and sue those people to get that data. I think it is of utmost importance that this happens.

It has been a mystery what happened to the several known GMHS GPS units or whether any other GPS crew members were also carrying handheld units on June 30, 2013. The Yavapai County Sheriff's office has FINALLY released their official July 2014 report on those GMHS GPS Units used on the June 30, 2013, Yarnell Hill Fire. It is questionable why the units, upon detailed examination, have no memory cards.

The nefarious SAIT members and their ongoing plots and schemings readily come to mind.

Ctrl-F "YCSO" or GPS Unit" to search for those details

I know me. I am all about documents and "investigating the failures" of the SAIT-SAIR after they failed me and everyone else that seeks the truth. This would, of course, include the alleged "Lead Investigator" Brad Mayhew because he never met with /engaged / communicated with the YHF Eyewitnesses - Yarnell Hikers - in any fashion, during any and all phases of the investigation.

Yes, as one of the "eyewitnesses" on the Yarnell Hill Fire, I feel that the SAIT failed me, especially when I learned that the Yarnell Hill Fire alleged "Lead Investigator," Brad Mayhew, is possibly doing a "made for profit" book series on the Yarnell Hill Fire ( YHF ) and the very missed, Granite Mountain Hotshots ( GMHS ). I found this on Amazon, the Brad Mayhew book series:

Figure 1a. Brad Mayhew on Amazon Source:

Book Description: The Yarnell Hill Fire (2013) took nineteen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew. This accident was the tragedy of our generation. Seven years later, how much has the fire service learned?

Not much.

We can change this. And we will.

The expedition starts here.

Origins is the first book in a series that will transform how you lead and how you learn. Future books will take you into aspects of history, human factors, and investigations in the American Fire Service. This series was not written from an ivory tower, and it’s not like other fire books you may have read. It’s an expedition.

It all starts here at Origins. In this book, I will introduce you to the world of fire and hotshots, innovators and investigators, as I know them. Join me by a warming fire on a ridge in the middle of nowhere. Under the pull-up bars at my fire station in Southern California. In a garage, with nothing but dirty hands and a blank sheet of paper. In the lobby of a Phoenix hotel, when I accepted the job of Lead Investigator in 2013. And in Prescott years later, as I struggled to figure out what went so wrong, and how to unlock a generation of innovation.

Bio: BRAD MAYHEW served as Lead Investigator on the Yarnell Hill Fire, and has conducted investigations in every region in the continental United States. He has a master’s degree in Human Factors and System Safety. He served on the Los Padres Hotshot Crew, and he has worked for federal, tribal, and local fire departments. He wrote the Human Factors pages in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IPRG), and was one of the youngest to receive the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award for Initiative and Innovation.

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To see this YCSO document, affected me health-wise. Seeing some of the names on it, the ones that I had trusted, disturbed me. So, if there is a family or friend or even a complete stranger to the GMHS who are just seeing these names too, you may be emotionally impacted by this as well. It affected my health so I place the disclaimers up above because I know it can affect another just as easily and painfully. I really want anyone with health issues to avoid going any further unless their doctor okays it.

I want to sincerely thank WantsToKnowTheTruth (WTKTT), Robert the Second (RTS), and Scottie Briggs for helping me deliver the news to certain folks. I needed you all. I am like mush. Just trying to deal with the betrayals, deceit - and to figure out all we need to know about the many lies and omissions.

I still have difficulty wrapping my mind around what I was told years ago by the Office of the State Forester Deputy Director, Bill Boyd, who has handled most my Public Records Requests over the years. All that time, Bill consistently stated that I received all they have on the YH Fire and GMHS. Yet this YCSO document - when I searched on the external hard drive I received from them - was conspicuously missing.

That hurts, Bill. Really. I have enjoyed our learning curve in all this, but to learn that you never provided me the GPS Unit document that I had specifically requested - then I am left very hurt and asking myself why? Why did you intentionally omit that?

Then my thoughts begin to wander toward the various unethical and illegal conduct and performance issues such as nonfeasance, misfeasance, and malfeasance. Or how about omission of occurrence or performance i.e. – failing to perform duty or expected action, an inability to perform a normal function, a falling short or deficiency? External concerns? Internal concerns?

In fact, you Bill Boyd told me on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, (2:47 PM) in an email that if I do not have it, then it is likely with the AZ State Library Public Records (ASLPR) but it has been over a month since I sent you this and never got those Transfer of Ownership records that I requested, nor does the ASLPR have what you stated:


Figure 2a-d. email thread between Joy A Collura and AZ State Forestry Bill Boyd Source: Proton email

I have slept very poorly since I have learned this. To type this "heavy-lidded" pains me deeply.

Why didn't any Media Investigative journalist(s), reporters, alleged "investigative reporters," or authors "fact check" like I have been doing all along? Is it so you can avoid the defamation and lies that I have gone through it all. By The Grace of God, I have still kept going to pursue the Truths.

Even some tied to one of my contributing author's family members have "locked" on to a misplaced perception versus to trying to "grasp" the seriousness of this event. I wish God would soften at least their hearts if not all hearts, so that they will finally "get" what is happening here. It gets old hearing it. It is seven years later by others telling us t0 "just let it go." How could I - knowing what I saw June 30, 2013? And since I have gathered all these records and interviews? It would be wrong to do that. We plan on staying the course and doing the "difficult right thing."

Look at all the "made for profit" books and still waiting for

( ) John Norman MacLean and his Research Team of Holly Henderson Neill and Alan Sinclair (Eric Marsh's best buddy) -their "made for profit" book due out on this tragedy as I focused my life, lifestyle, health, and finances to do God's Purpose - day in and out. Look at all the books:

and "made for profit" film:

Figure 3a-l. books/film on Amazon on YHF Source: Amazon

Here is the email thread between YCSO Public Records and myself. Please take the time to read this:

Figure 4. email between Jenna Ford (YCSO Records Technician) and Requester JOY A COLLURA Source: Proton email

I attached the documents I provided YCSO to show my source (City of Prescott Public Records #20-543 and 20-544 appeals ) of why I asked for this request from YCSO:

Figure 4a-z(a). email regarding GMHS cell phones between Jenna Ford (YCSO Records Technician) and Requester JOY A COLLURA Source: Proton email

How do I define failure? I want to be clear there because we all "perceive" life and words differently. Failure, to me, is a breakdown or decline in the performance of something, or an occasion when something stops working or stops working adequately, something that falls short of what is required or expected.

The Yarnell Hill Fire alleged "Lead Investigator" of the SAIT - SAIR "failed" me- one of the two Yarnell Hill Fire Eyewitnesses.

Let me further share my feeling about: 'what is a failure' - The aftermath of obtaining and documenting the Yarnell Hill Fire where NINETEEN MEN died and so many more since that catastrophic day.

Now all I need to know from Brad Mayhew was the failure all his or a leak, or third party, abnormal operations, systemic concerns (internal or external), or the highly unlikely - unintentional inexperienced carrying on with this pitiful product - SAIR?

I deserve to know as well as so many others. I feel you failed to obtain evidence correctly, test it correctly, and never did you professionally or personally reach out to the Eyewitness hikers. ??? Question mark. WHY? Yet you will chum up to John MacLean and Holly Neill...what's up with that? That makes no sense. Especially after you did what you did at one of the Conferences. Unless all of you are really all about creating narratives (books) not real accounts...

I firmly believe that the SAIT SAIR desperately needs an external examination of their investigation and product, as well as all the documented Touhy Regulations that were used to thwart the ADOSH investigators and their investigation. They were hindered at every step to keep them from doing their assigned task and a proper investigation. This was unjust and unfair and unethical.

(RIP- Dave Larsen and Pete Masiel)

After hearing WFs' and Law Enforcement Officers' accounts in my interviews and discussions, I know factually that I challenge the timing of the items being removed. I say this because there are WFs and others sharing with me that there were - that very evening - WF and others picking items left and right ("scavenging") with no organization or proper Investigation protocol. And I will challenge certain areas because if I have a Law Enforcement Officer tell me it made them sick to their stomach to see the rummaging in the manner that he eye-witnessed, then yeah - I refuse to accept all that is officially written.

How all the above become this immediate Public at Large post and pausing my Dude Fire posts 3 thru 5 was because I emailed two individuals a Snippet of the report ( Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:18 PM ). Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:56 AM, one individual did a pretty thorough analysis and wrote me back on the details of what I had received from the YCSO:

"According to this report from Detective McDormett... there were 6 ( SIX ) actual handheld GPS units recovered from the GMHS deployment site. A possible SEVENTH one MAY have been recovered, but the ( box? ) with UCSO evidence number 526 only contained a 'clip' for a Garmin GPS unit and not the unit itself. "So whether there were SEVEN GPS Units ( or only SIX ) recovered remains a mystery. "Did someone remove the one that was on the 'item'

( box? ) numbered 526? "NOTE: Since McDormett specifically says these 'items' ( boxes? ) in the 5xx series were things that were recovered from the deployment site by the "Prescott Fire Department" ( and not the "YCSO investigators themselves )... and since he also says the unites were "taken out of item 5xx"... "I am assuming that the PFD firefighters who were assigned to 'clean up the deployment site' were using BOXES to collect things... and were ( perhaps ) trying to keep box numbers associated with individual firefighters, or something. "Just two weeks ago, during an interview related to the seventh anniversary Prescott firefighter Pat McCarty ( the one who got paid to help with the MOVIE ) said that HE was the one who led the team of Prescott firefighters in their 'cleanup' of the deployment site. "Can I publish that text of that attachment on the IM Forum? "It's important evidence regarding the long-standing mystery of how many GPS units were actually recovered

from the deployment site and I think it needs to be published on the IM Forum." (all emphasis added)

I then called a friend and asked if he would assist me in sharing this with the GMHS loved ones, so that they would not feel 'blind-sided' and so we did for the ones we know- it hurt me so bad. I vomited many times yesterday.

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