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Zach Ames

PRESIDENT/Co-FOUNDER

Zach is a career firefighter with Bothell Fire in Bothell, Washington. Prior to becoming a firefighter, Zach served 6 1/2 years in the U.S. Army where he did two tours: Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2010 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. Zach’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, motocross, and pretty much anything that involves being outdoors. Zach’s favorite activity is spending time with his wife, Bri, and three daughters, Emersyn, Sailym, and Olive.

 
 

Jose Martinez

VICE PRESIDENT/Co-FOUNDER

Jose served 3 years in the U.S. Army with Zach during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. In 2012 Jose stepped on an I.E.D. resulting in the loss of 3 limbs and other injuries. Jose spent 2 years recovering from his physical injures, but continues to deal with the after affects of losing his limbs and adjusting to a new way of living. He ended up addicted to opioids and has suffered from depression. Jose has since kicked his addiction, but continues to struggle with the mental effects of what he’s endured. Jose spends his time helping others and doing inspirational speaking events. Jose enjoys surfing, archery, hunting, camping and spending time with his wife, Liseth, and beautiful goddaughters, Emerysn, Sailym and Olive. Jose and Liseth live in California.

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Mike Groff

Secretary/Co-FOUNDER

Mike is a Lieutenant with the Bothell Fire Department and has served there for 20 years. He has a strong passion for hunting, the outdoors and his family. When he’s not hunting he loves spending the majority of his time with his wife, Lander, and his three kids, Ava, Jarrett and Cora.

Mike’s message:

Some wounds and injuries are very visible. Some are not quite as visible. The fire service, police, and military are comprised of a very special group of people who desire to help and serve those that rely and trust in them. Most feel it’s a calling, and give all they can and sacrifice what they must to help those who need it; even at the cost of their own personal well-being, and sometimes, unknowingly and unwillingly, at the expense of those they love most. Having personally walked through hell and back in my own life and that of my family, I was fortunate to come out the other side with hope and joy, healing, reconciliation, redemption and a desire to help those that I can. To be able to help people experience the beauty and excitement of the great outdoors, hunting and fishing in a way maybe they never thought they would be able to again. I strive to bring hope and healing to those who deserve it most.

 

Brittany Barnes

Treasurer

Brittany received her MBA in 2018 and works as a marketing manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance in Seattle. Brittany enjoys golfing and riding horses in her spare time with her husband, Chris. Brittany and Chris live in Arlington, WA.

Brittany’s message:

My husband is a first responder and I can see how demanding that kind of job can be. Four Season Fighters is an organization who really works to build a sense of community and inclusion for our first responders. I’m proud to be a part of this organization and am excited to bring it to more veterans and first responders in the future.

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