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Arizona Firefighter's Widow Denied Benefits Over City's 'Seasonal Employee' Claim (TEXT and VIDEO)


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Carrie
- 355 days ago - rawstory.com
The widow of one of the 19 Arizona firefighters killed battling a wildfire on June 30 is being denied salary and health benefits due to her despite her husband being a full-time employee, CBS News reported on Monday.



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Kit B. (277)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:06 am

Wow! Maybe this should serve as a warning for all fire fighters. If the mess in New York and the years and years it took to finally get the health benefits needed for those firefighters isn't warning enough. Check and double check those contracts, be sure your wife and children are covered. Get it in writing. I'm not sure that would be honored either. Shame on Arizona.
 

Carrie B. (303)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:17 am
With any kind of luck all the bad PR Arizona is getting for this will make them honor Ashcraft's contract. This man gave his life in service and his family should not have to now suffer more pain under the Arizon bureaucracy!
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:34 am
What else can Arizona screw up? I feel sorry for the beautiful family. There lives are destroyed for nothing.
 

Suju Bala (26)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:37 am
these things should be dealt with compassion and justice should be done. Thank you for the post
 

SuSanne P. (181)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:23 pm
Thank you Carrie. It sounds like he is a full time employee, but even if he was "Seasonal" this is horrible. I do wish she and her 4 children do choose to begin a lawsuit. My condolences to her to have to deal with this injustice at this time. I give gratitude to the great community (be it neighbors, friends or firefighters) for helping her financially at this time.
 

Jason R. (57)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:43 pm
I had that happen to me. i was the only one allowed overtime, worked more hours than full timers and was continuously denied full time status. They rip us off every chance they can. When I got laid off after 5 years, I got half of what I should have. :( pmo!

Shame on these people!
 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 1:24 pm
Outrageous! This lady needs all the help she can get in order to bring up her children. I wish her good luck.
 

Joanne Dixon (36)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 3:13 pm
Having actually done this while in the military, if you want to do the right thing and there is a glitch in the law or regulation, there is always a way to either interpret it the way it should be, or if that fails, a way to get it done through waivers. Arizona's stand indicates that they (those in power here, not the whole state, thank God) have no concept of what the right thing is. Trying to say this without using offensive language.
 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 3:40 pm
Outrageous but not in the least surprisingly. I am so glad to have escaped from Arizona.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:07 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie.
This was reported on our local news here in Tucson today...so it is getting publicity at least. With enough public outrage, and perhaps threats of lawsuits, hopefully those deserving of the money will get it.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:16 pm
As a long-time Arizonan, all I can says is, "So what else is new?"
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:43 pm
Where's the petition to AZ?? Read and noted with anger that they want to get out of paying. Thank you.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:48 pm
Thanks.
 

Nikki B. (129)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 2:27 am
oted, thanks Carrie. I hope that the officials do overturn their decision and respond more compassionately to this family and other bereaved families of these firefighters.
 

Candy L. (477)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:45 am
This is so wrong
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 4:28 am
Wrong
 

Arielle S. (316)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 7:30 am
This makes Arizona look very small - and the people there should be concerned because if I was a fireman with a family, I would not go there to fight their fires.
 

Peggy A. (0)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:02 am
so wrong!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 11:30 am
And Obama's rating has declined because .....
 

Carrie B. (303)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 12:31 pm
Allan, what does Obama have to do with this story?
 

Mike M. (55)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 2:06 pm
Absolutely wrong maybe all fire fighters and paramedics should walk off and then maybe the buffoons with the city will understand just how needed they are. Write the cities mayor and the Governor and tell them how you and everyone who cares will not use the state for vacation
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 6:50 pm
Dirty RAa Bastards!
 
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