Twitter Buttons

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NEWS FROM THE THE SECRET LIST: 13 OF 19 HOTSHOTS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WILL NOT GET BENEFITS. #PRESCOTT19 #YARNELLHILLFIRE

AZ UPDATE: 19 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY- NOT ALL WILL GET SIMILAR BENEFITS.

"No Words" by Paul Combs #Prescott19 on Twitpic

The widow of one of the 19 "hotshot" firefighters who died in an Arizona wildfire in late June is being denied lifetime benefits by the city of Prescott, despite what she describes as her dead husband's full-time commitment to the force, according to media reports.
 Officials in Prescott, Ariz., claim that Juliann Ashcraft's husband, Andrew, was a seasonal employee and that his family is therefore not entitled to the city benefits. But Mrs. Ashcraft says her husband had a full-time weekly workload of 40 hours before his death on June 30. She said she planned to use her husband's lifetime salaries and health package to support her four children. "I said to them, 'My husband was a full-time employee, he went to work full-time for you,'" Mrs. Ashcraft told CBS News. "Their response to me was, 'Perhaps there was a communication issue in your marriage.'"
 The Ashcrafts are one of 13 hotshot families being denied lifetime benefits by the city, based on the work being seasonal. However, Mr. Ashcraft was the only one to work 40 hours per week throughout the year. 
 CBS news got ahold of paperwork confirming that he received a full-time salary from the city. Even still, the city of Prescott maintains that it has "fully complied with all of the laws and employment policies that direct survivor benefits," according to a statement obtained by CBS.
 It should be noted that ALL of the families will receive worker's compensation and the federal payment of $328,000.

HERE are more details: http://tinyurl.com/mpbsmyr
HERE is VIDEO: http://tinyurl.com/mvco6bu

Source: Billy G The Secret List: www.FireFighterCLoseCalls.com 
---------------------------------------------

Twitter links

-
****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
View blog top tags
---------------------
CLICK HERE TO GO BACK TO TOP OF CALIFORNIA FIRE NEWS HOME PAGE