Originally Published: August 30, 2013 6 a.m.
I'm writing regarding the Prescott City Council- and mayor-bashing that has been going on regarding benefits for our fallen firefighters.
I am appalled to read such things in our local paper about how our city isn't doing enough for the families of the seasonal/part-time firemen who died in the Yarnell Hill fire. Has anyone done any real research? These families receive approximately $328,612.73 from the Federal Dept. of Justice Retention Pool, $2,700 tax free a month from workmen's compensation, free in-state tuition for spouses and dependents, education assistance of $987 a month room and board, an unknown amount from Social Security, unknown benefits from the union, and an unknown amount from private donations.
Although this will never make up for the loss of loved ones, it doesn't leave these families destitute.
Our city, City Council, mayor and residents have come together
to assist in so many ways it's hard to imagine anyone truly complaining that they aren't getting any help.
And what about the people of Yarnell who have been denied any federal assistance, even though their town of taxpaying citizens was destroyed?
I, for one, am proud of how our city and its elected officials have taken a high road attitude towards the negativity. I am also embarrassed by the public smear campaign against Prescott and its elected officials.