Who are the Guardians

We started in Key West with one backpack and 80 remembrances of First Responders who passed away from Cancer, Suicide or Line of Duty Death. Today, we have 15 Backpacks and over 2,500 First Responder remembrances from across the US. These remembrances are also known as the Guardians.

If you have a loved one you wish to have memorialized in this manner and carried with us on our Journey’s across the country, please drop us a line or use the In Memory Of Tab and someone will get back to you requesting information for the Guardians Wall.  


Lt. Al LeMay Memorial Stair Climb

Lt. LeMay served as a LT/Paramedic in Ft. Lauderdale for 27 years. He was the model of the officer that you want leading your Fire Department. His calm approach to handling any situation that came his way earned him respect, appreciation, and the status of a “legend” within his Department and other Departments as well.


Lt. Mike Bonner

 Lieutenant Michael Bonner was a rescuer. His 30 years in service to the Orange County Fire Rescue Department and 9 years of dedicated volunteerism to the Orange County Firefighter Reserve Program shows nothing less. But to us, his family, he was and remains a husband, a father and a grandfather we lovingly call Beampa. Through each of the roles in his short life on our earth he did his best to search for and display all that was true and honorable, right and pure, beautiful and respected.
Throughout our dad’s life, amongst the fires and storms, still this spirit shined through as he taught his grandchildren to surf, to cook and to garden. And in the ways he taught us, his children, to live life to the fullest with a calm and peaceful heart. And above all in his acts of love toward his wife whom he held in his arms and protected with his strength. Each of us receive gifts to use on this journey, presented to us for the sake of connecting the paths that make up each other’s lives.
Lieutenant Michael Bonner was given the gift of a rescuer and he used this gift to honor and serve, to teach and to love. He was a rescuer, but also a believer, a teacher, a story-teller, a chef, a gardener, a surfer, a comedian and prankster, a truth seeker, a friend, a grandfather, a dad and a husband. We are proud of Beampa, and even as the fires and storms became too great a burden to bear, he still remains the strongest man we ever knew.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love, support and prayers given to us by his redknight brothers and sisters.  



The Brothers and Sisters of Miami Dade Fire Rescue became a Guardian Sponsor on behalf of Chief Miguel Yanes, Firefighter Daniel Yanes and Fire Lieutenant Emilio Yanes in Loving Memory of their Father Juan G. Yanes.