Prescott panel OKs hotshot family's benefit claim

Prescott panel OKs hotshot family's benefit claim

Prescott panel OKs hotshot family's benefit claim

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 22, 2014 at 6:05 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- The Prescott board of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System has approved full retirement benefits for a fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot.

The Daily Courier reports the 4-1 vote Thursday came at the end of two days of hearings in Prescott City Council chambers.

The hearing was over Andrew Ashcraft's family claim that he was eligible for participation in the retirement system and the family is entitled to survivor benefits.

Since the deaths of 19 of Prescott's Granite Mountain Hotshot crew last June, the city has contended that only six of the Hotshots were permanent employees and entitled to full survivor death benefits.

The remaining 13 including Ashcraft were considered temporary seasonal employees and the city says they weren't entitled to full survivor benefits.

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Information from: The Daily Courier, http://www.dcourier.com

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