BENEFITING: ARIZONA FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL
Andrew Ashcraft and 12 of the other hero firefighters were not full-time employees, so the city of Prescott found that their families were not entitled to the payouts that would help her raise the fallen firefighters children.
Juliann Ashcraft, whose 29-year-old husband, Andrew, was among the Granite Mountain Hotshots members killed during the June 30 blaze, said she will receive workers’ compensation and a one-time federal payment. But she was told that she is not entitled to the millions in lifetime salaries and health benefits because her husband was a seasonal employee, even though he worked 40 hours a week.
“I want to be able to just be mourning my husband, be supporting my children, be figuring out what our new normal is,” she told CBS News.
“As shocked as I was that my husband went to work and never came home, I’m equally shocked in how the city has treated our family since then.”
“Quite literally, my bills are being paid by the good people of the world, who are giving donations, because the city of Prescott isn’t doing anything for us,” she said. “Now I have four kids and myself, and I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Her husband died when the doomed elite crew of firefighters was boxed in by walls of fire that stretched 20 feet high outside the town of Yarnell in central Arizona. The tragedy was cited as the deadliest single day any U.S. fire department has suffered since the FDNY lost 343 firefighters on 9/11.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/arizona-hotshot-widow-denied-benefits-firefighter-died-18-june-wildfire-article-1.1418879#ixzz2bF6MH6ig
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