Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Mother Seeks Benefits For Fallen Firefighter

Hot-ShotsThe mother of one of 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire wants the city of Prescott to provide family survivor benefits reserved for fulltime employees.  Deborah Pfingston's 29-year-old son, Andrew Ashcraft, died in June with 18 other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots while working a wildfire around Yarnell.  An investigation is ongoing.

Ashcraft's family plans a news conference today in Prescott that originally was scheduled Tuesday.  Pfingston says city officials promised they would retroactively reclassify the seasonal, temporary employees as permanent so the families could receive additional survivor benefits.  City officials, meanwhile, say they cannot legally and posthumously reclassify the men as fulltime employees so their families can receive additional benefits, including health insurance.

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