Fallen Hotshot's father starts petition for benefits

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The father of a fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot wants his family to receive benefits that are given to loved ones of full-time firefighters.

Tom Ashcraft, father of Andrew Ashcraft, started a Change.org petition to ask city officials to extend benefits to his son's family.

Andrew Ashcraft was a part-time firefighter. His family and 12 other families will receive a lump sum of over $300,000, but the city of Prescott is denying other monetary benefits because Ashcraft wasn't a full-time worker.

He and 12 of the 19 fallen firefighters were classified as seasonal employees, meaning they won't get the full lifetime salaries and benefits as the others, which adds up to millions of dollars.

The city of Prescott says it has to comply with the laws and policies that concern survivor benefits.

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin says he's working on a bill that would give regular benefits to any first responder who dies on state lands, including where the 19 Hotshot firefighters died on June 30.

Follow the signature totals on Ashcraft's petition here: www.Change.org/AndrewAshcraft.

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