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Aug 6, 2013
Prescott Stiffs Granite Mountain Hotshot Widow on Survivor Benefits

When Andrew Ashcroft died with 18 of his brother firefighters in the Yarnell Hills fire last month, he was pulling full-time shifts. But the City of Prescott says he's only a "seasonal", denying his widow key survivor benefits. 

Aug 5, 2013
NY Times: Detroit Bankruptcy Shouldn't Threaten Hard-Earned Benefits

Detroit's bankruptcy can't and shouldn't be blamed on public workers, and it shouldn't be used as an excuse to take away hard-earned benefits. So says an editorial in this weekend's New York Times. 

Jul 22, 2013
LODD: Saturday Memorial in Newport Beach Honored Two Arizona Hotshots

Grant McKee and Robert Caldwell worked ... and died ... together on the front lines in the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The two men -- both killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire, were honored on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:00am

Jul 12, 2013
LODD: Memorial Service for Fallen AZ FF Kevin Woyjeck

Kevin Woyjeck, 21, was among 19 Prescott AZ firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hills Fire in central Arizona. On Tuesday, July 16th, at 11:00am, Kevin was honored with a memorial service in Long Beach.

Jul 11, 2013
CPF Firevision -- Sorrow and Remembrance

Saluting Our Fallen: On June 30, the fire service suffered its greatest one-day loss since 9/11 with the death of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters from Prescott, AZ. A few days later, CAL FIRE engineer Christopher Douglas lost his life in the line of duty.

Jul 11, 2013
California's Fallen From AZ Tragedy Returned Home Wednesday

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, fallen firefighters with California roots were flown home from Arizona to the Golden State aboard a National Guard C-130. A Memorial Ramp Ceremony upon their arrival gave all California firefighters the opportunity to pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate price. 

Jul 5, 2013
LODD: CAL FIRE Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas

CDF Firefighters Local 2881 is saddened to announce the line-of-duty death of CAL FIRE Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas, who was fatally injured this morning after being hit by a car while working along eastbound Interstate 10 in the Thousand Palms area of Riverside County. 

Jul 3, 2013
LODD: Horrific Wildland Blaze Claims 19 Prescott AZ "Hotshots"

In the most devastating firefighter loss since 9/11, 19 Prescott Arizona firefighters died Sunday battling a devastating wildland blaze in central Arizona. A public memorial was held in Prescott on Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00am at the Toyota Center.

Jul 2, 2013
Five Californians Among 19 Fallen Prescott AZ Hotshots

For some California families, Sunday's tragedy in central Arizona carries special pain. Five California natives were among the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in Sunday's catastrophic burn over of the Yarnell Hills Fire.

Jun 26, 2013
Texas Billionaire to Bankroll Effort to Gut Pensions

 Despite hundreds of millions in concessions and give-backs by working people, anti-pension hard liners are doubling down on their attacks. Now, a billionaire Texas hedge fund operator linked with the defunct and discredited Enron is promising millions to a California campaign to gut retirement security for firefighters and other workers.

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