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At Captain Crossfit, a gym near the firehouse where the Hotshots were stationed, Travis Carter was known as the strongest one out of the crew - but also the most humble.

"No one could beat him," trainer Janine Pereira said. "But the thing about him was he would never brag about it. He would just kill everyone and then go and start helping someone else finish."

Carter, 31, of Paulden, was famous for once holding a plank for 45 minutes, and he was notorious for making up brutal workouts. The crew recently did a five-mile run during wilderness training, and then he made them go to Captain Crossfit in the afternoon for another really hard workout.

"The other guys who came in here always said that even though he was in charge, he was always the first one at the fire, the first one in action," Pereira said.

Travis was born in Prescott, AZ to Tripp Carter and Glenna Echol. As a little boy, he loved to work on the Necktie Ranch in Walnut Grove with his dad, Tripp Carter and grandpa Arden Carter.

He rode tractors, played in the snow and loved Christmas time with his extended family at the ranch.

As he grew older, Travis began to become a real help on the ranch and, according to his dad, he was a good hand and worked, branded and shipped cattle, and drove the large equipment and was great horseshoer.

Approaching high school, Travis was an outstanding athlete and in 2000, began school at Orme in Dewey, AZ where he played football and was all state, all conference football player. He scored 16 touchdowns his senior year as tailback.

After high school, he attended the University of Arizona on a academic scholarship but couldn't figure out why he had to attend classes in order to play football. One day, his dad learned through a reliable source that Travis wasn't attending school any longer but rather working at a "shoe store." When his dad found out, he called him and said why don't you come back home and work on the ranch?

Travis returned to the ranch and according to his dad, Tripp, he was a great help. He said he could do anything and was always willing to help any way he could.

Travis was a quiet boy growing up who loved spending time with his family.

Married in 2005, to Krista Smallen, they have two children, Brayden, 7, and Brielle, 3.

His firefighting career began in 2005 where he worked for the Prescott National Forest as a hotshot and worked on the Rodeo-Chediski fire and many others until 2009. In 2009, he was chosen to be among the elite Granite Mountain Hotshot crew through the City of Prescott. In 2009, the City of Prescott received a grant from FEMA for firefighting which provided a full-time career for each member of the crew. Their job was, in the off season, to trim brush and limbs and protect the areas in and around Prescott. They are known as "Prescott's finest" and were professionals with a great deal of training.

Travis had said that one of his favorite places on earth was the "fishing pond" at the ranch. His family is grateful to the Lord for Travis' life and for the time they had with him. He will be greatly missed but his family said they know he is finally home with the Lord, whom he loved.

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