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Brendan McDonough

Granite Mountain Hotshot, Subject of the Film "Only the Brave," Mental Health & Recovery Advocate

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Brendan McDonough Biography

Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew of elite hotshot firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their superintendent, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the crew, and seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off. Despite the crew’s skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh’s firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers.

Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough – “Donut” as he’d been dubbed by his crew – served as lookout, they confronted a freak 3,000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks.

After the unfathomable loss of that day, McDonough suffered from seemingly insurmountable bouts of depression and Post-Traumatic Stress. But the light of hope that inspired him to keep living in one of his darkest moments — his daughter who needed him — inspired the firefighter to fight on against depression and inspire others to find their best selves, even if that means often looking beyond the self. McDonough is an uplifting speaker, whose courage to find support at his weakest has inspired others to find their own tribes of support. Building a sense of brotherhood within communities gives McDonough great joy – because it helps this fighter honor the legacy of his 19 lost, but not forgotten, brothers.

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Granite Mountain: The Firsthand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Granite Mountain: The Firsthand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Speaking Topics
  • Know Your Why: Finding Purpose in a Chaotic World

  • Faith: The Guiding Principle

  • Recovery: My Journey to Sobriety in a Time of Epidemic

  • Who Stands Beside You: The Untold Story of My Lost Brothers

News
  • Only the Brave | PEOPLE.com

    Lone survivor Brendan McDonough and Only the Brave moviemakers honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in Arizona in 2013. Read More · onlytb.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Brendan McDonough for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Brendan McDonough for your next private or corporate function.
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Brendan McDonough Biography

Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew of elite hotshot firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their superintendent, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the crew, and seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off. Despite the crew’s skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh’s firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers.

Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough – “Donut” as he’d been dubbed by his crew – served as lookout, they confronted a freak 3,000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks.

After the unfathomable loss of that day, McDonough suffered from seemingly insurmountable bouts of depression and Post-Traumatic Stress. But the light of hope that inspired him to keep living in one of his darkest moments — his daughter who needed him — inspired the firefighter to fight on against depression and inspire others to find their best selves, even if that means often looking beyond the self. McDonough is an uplifting speaker, whose courage to find support at his weakest has inspired others to find their own tribes of support. Building a sense of brotherhood within communities gives McDonough great joy – because it helps this fighter honor the legacy of his 19 lost, but not forgotten, brothers.

Brendan McDonough Videos

  • Brendan McDonough, Cast & Director of "Only The Brave" Speak On ...
    Oct 17, 2017 ... Through hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families and communities, the Granite Mountain Hotshots become one...
  • Lone Arizona Hotshot Survivor Recounts Tragic Fire - YouTube
    Aug 7, 2013 ... Brendan McDonough lost 19 friends in the Yarnell Hill fire and asks why he was spared.
  • 'Hotshot' Firefighter Wildfire Survivor Brendan McDonough Interview...
    Aug 7, 2013 ... Brendan McDonough opens up about the day 19 members of his firefighting team died. For more on this story, click here: ...

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Brendan McDonough Speaking Topics

  • Know Your Why: Finding Purpose in a Chaotic World

  • Faith: The Guiding Principle

  • Recovery: My Journey to Sobriety in a Time of Epidemic

  • Who Stands Beside You: The Untold Story of My Lost Brothers

FAQs on booking Brendan McDonough

  • How to book Brendan McDonough?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Brendan McDonough for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Brendan McDonough, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Brendan McDonough or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Brendan McDonough?

    Booking fees for Brendan McDonough, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Brendan McDonough, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Brendan McDonough?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Brendan McDonough for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Brendan McDonough for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Brendan McDonough or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Brendan McDonough or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Brendan McDonough is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Know Your Why: Finding Purpose in a Chaotic World, Faith: The Guiding Principle, Recovery: My Journey to Sobriety in a Time of Epidemic and Who Stands Beside You: The Untold Story of My Lost Brothers. The estimated speaking fee range to book Brendan McDonough for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Brendan McDonough generally travels from Prescott, AZ, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Darryl Strawberry, Danny Trejo, Cris Carter, Jim Abbott and Bethany Hamilton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Brendan McDonough for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Brendan McDonough Speaker Videos

  • Brendan McDonough, Cast & Director of "Only The Brave" Speak On ...
    Oct 17, 2017 ... Through hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families and communities, the Granite Mountain Hotshots become one of the ...
    Lone Arizona Hotshot Survivor Recounts Tragic Fire - YouTube
    Aug 7, 2013 ... Brendan McDonough lost 19 friends in the Yarnell Hill fire and asks why he was spared.
  • 'Hotshot' Firefighter Wildfire Survivor Brendan McDonough Interview ...
    Aug 7, 2013 ... Brendan McDonough opens up about the day 19 members of his firefighting team died. For more on this story, click here: ...

Brendan McDonough Speaking Topics

  • Know Your Why: Finding Purpose in a Chaotic World

  • Faith: The Guiding Principle

  • Recovery: My Journey to Sobriety in a Time of Epidemic

  • Who Stands Beside You: The Untold Story of My Lost Brothers

Brendan McDonough News

  • Only the Brave | PEOPLE.com

    Lone survivor Brendan McDonough and Only the Brave moviemakers honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in Arizona in 2013. Read More · onlytb.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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