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Panel approves benefit claim for family of fallen hotshot

Andrew Ashcraft was one of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire last year. Andrew Ashcraft was one of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire last year.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The family of one of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting a fire last summer will now get full retirement benefits.

Andrew Ashcraft was not one of the six hotshots who were considered permanent employees, so his family was not entitled to get full death benefits.

But yesterday a board in Prescott voted in favor of giving his family benefits.

This approval could change things for the families of the other 12 seasonally employed hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Watch KOLD News 13 at 4 p.m. for more on this story.

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