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Board oks benefits to the Hotshot families of Misner, Warneke

The Prescott Board of the Public Safety Retirement System (PSPRS) has unanimously awarded benefits to the families of Sean Misner and William Warneke.

The Prescott Board of the Public Safety Retirement System (PSPRS) has unanimously awarded benefits to the families of Sean Misner and William Warneke.

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Board of the Public Safety Retirement System (PSPRS) has unanimously awarded benefits to the families of Sean Misner and William Warneke.

After three days of hearings, PSPRS voted 5-0 for the benefits.

As reported yesterday, the second day of hearings on survivors' benefits for the families of fallen Hotshots Misner and Warneke began with an intense exchange between attorney Patrick McGroder and Prescott Human Resources Director Mary Jacobsen over the requirements for PSPRS eligibility.

During several hours of questioning, McGroder asked Jacobsen repeatedly about her interpretation of the requirements.

First up was the requirement that PSPRS enrollees must be part of a specific category of employees, of which "municipal firefighter" is one.

Jacobsen maintained that seasonal wildland firefighters, including Misner and Warneke, were not considered municipal firefighters under the city's criteria, and therefore were not eligible for PSPRS.

See Saturday's Daily Courier for the synopsis of Friday's verdict.