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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Who will fight for the 19 in AZ?

Nineteen brave firefighter died on June 30th fighting a raging wild fire outside of Yarnell, Arizona.  They left family and loved ones behind but they stayed till they could do no more and paid the ultimate price for it.  Many of them had young children and their mothers waiting at home for Daddy to return.  Daddy never came home from work. 

The local government of Prescott, Arizona is denying thirteen of these brave firefighter's families death benefits because they claim that they were "Seasonal Workers".  Seasonal workers that died defending the homes and property of citizens in the state.  Seasonal workers that worked full time forty hours a week or more on the payroll for the city of Prescott.   

This is wrong on so many levels of common decency that it is not even remotely funny.  Where would the people of Arizona be if the wild fires did not have brave men and woman that fight these fires?  Where would many more homes be after the late June fire if not for the many people that happen to be firefighters that are labeled Seasonal Worker?  Burned out and a pile of ash to sift through to recover any memories is where they would be.

Ashcraft’s mother, Deborah Pfingston, has planned a news conference Wednesday in Prescott. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

Pfingston said city officials promised they would retroactively reclassify the seasonal, temporary employees as permanent so the families could receive additional survivor benefits.

City officials have countered that they cannot legally and posthumously reclassify the men as full-time employees so their families can receive additional benefits, including health insurance.

City spokesman Pete Wertheim told The Associated Press that six of the firefighters were permanent employees. Thirteen, including Ashcraft, were seasonal. - FOX NEWS

Getting out of responsibility for caring for these thirteen labeled seasonal workers families is not going to fly in anyone's eyes and heart.  We are a nation that is supposed to stand up and do the right thing.  That isn't happening in Arizona.  The city of Prescott, Arizona just labeled all of the thirteen seasonal worker firefighters lives as worthless.  That is not the American way.

God has no greater love than that for someone willing to give up their life for another. All 19 did just that.  No shame on the 19 Hot Shot's that gave their lives.  People of Prescott might want to raise your voices high and loud.


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