Seal Beach

Stretch of 405 Freeway Named After Fallen Hotshot Firefighter

One of the nation's busiest interchanges was named in honor of an Orange County hero.

A four-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway, between the 605 and the 22, that cuts through Seal Beach was named the Kevin Woyjeck Memorial Freeway on Monday, after the hometown hero firefighter who died while on duty three years ago in Arizona.

Kevin Woyjeck, 21, of Seal Beach, was one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who was killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

His father, a retired firefighter, came up with the idea and contacted assemblyman Travis Allen to dedicate the freeway to his son.

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