The brother of one of 19 elite firefighters who died Sunday in an Arizona wildfire says Jesse Steed "always put his life on the line for people who he knew he would never meet."

The brother of one of 19 elite firefighters who died Sunday in an Arizona wildfire says Jesse Steed “always put his life on the line for people who he knew he would never meet.”

Steed’s brother, Cassidy Steed, is a Renton, Wash., police officer. KOMO-TV reports ( http://is.gd/NsGJwA) he talked about his brother’s character in a statement released Monday.

Cassidy Steed says his brother “loved his job very much” and sacrificed time with his family and his own personal interests to pursue it.

The Washington state man says his brother spent the last two years as the captain of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a firefighting unit based at Prescott, Ariz. Before becoming a firefighter, 36-year-old Jesse Steed served in the Marine Corps.

Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/