Families of 19 firemen will get at least $328,000

2013-07-20T00:00:00Z 2013-07-20T16:28:08Z Families of 19 firemen will get at least $328,000The Associated Press The Associated Press
July 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Families of 19 Arizona firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire will receive lump-sum payments of at least $328,000.

The families of the six firefighters who were full-time city of Prescott employees will get $470,000 payments with $100,000 annually for years to come, the Arizona Republic reports.

The other 13 firefighters were part-time or seasonal workers belonging to Prescott's Granite Mountain Hotshots crew, and their payments will be about $328,000.

The families also will receive additional ongoing and one-time financial compensation that includes money from monthly worker's compensation benefits and private donations.

Widows and children also could receive Social Security survivor benefits if the individual firefighters' work histories provided the necessary credits.

Additional benefits include tuition waivers at Arizona's state universities and federal education benefits of $987 per month for survivors.

The 19 firefighters were killed June 30 when they were overrun by flames. The crew's 20th member survived.

The Republic reported that it received death benefits information from Prescott under a state public-records law request.

The benefits to survivors are a way for the community to recognize the sacrifices made by first responders, said an official of an Arizona nonprofit that supports families of firefighters, police officers and paramedics injured or killed in the line of duty.

"Public-safety officers put themselves between you and danger every day," said Sharon Knutson-Felix, executive director of the 100 Club of Arizona. "They do that with an understanding that you would be willing to take care of my family."

In addition to the official benefits, private efforts to raise money for firefighters and victims of the fire have been launched by about 150 groups or individuals. Those include the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Arizona Community Foundation, American Red Cross, United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, Prescott Firefighter's Charities and the 100 Club of Arizona.

The private efforts continue Sunday with "Prescott Strong," a fundraiser being held at Prescott's Whiskey Row downtown bar district.

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