Our fallen hero Andrew Ashcraft: get the family Andrew's benefit package that they were promised
  • Petitioned Marlin Kuykendall, Mayor

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City of Prescott
Marlin Kuykendall, Mayor
City of Prescott
Craig McConnell, City Manager
City of Prescott
Alison Zelms, Deputy City Manager
City of Prescott
Charlie Arnold, Councilmember of Prescott
City of Prescott
Steve Blair, Councilmember of Prescott
City of Prescott
Alan Carlow, Councilmember of Prescott
City of Prescott
Chris Kuknyo, Councilmember of Prescott
City of Prescott
James Lamerson, Councilmember of Prescott
City of Prescott
Len Scamardo, Councilmember of Prescott
Arizona Governor
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Our fallen hero Andrew Ashcraft: get the family Andrew's benefit package that they were promised

    1. Tom Ashcraft
    2. Petition by

      Tom Ashcraft

      Prescott Valley, AZ

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March 2014

Victory

Hello Friends! We have exciting news to share with you all. All over 185,460 of you! That is, just last week the benefit package that Andrew Ashcraft earned has finally been approved! Now, his wife Julian, Ryder, Shiloh, Tate and Choice can receive that which Andrew worked so very hard for his family for. So, we want to say "THANK YOU !" for your support, your kind and encouraging words to our family. Your response has been overwhelming in so many ways. It just goes to show that we share a very special connection. We are humbled by your support and want to express our gratitude again by saying thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Thank you!

Tom Ashcraft

My name is Tom Ashcraft, father of Andrew Ashcraft and fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shot. He was a full time employee working for the City Of Prescott, Az. on June 30th, when the fire overcame him and 18 of his brothers. 19 firefighters were killed in the fire. We are all heartbroken beyond words can say.  Just as all the families are doing we too must press on to help secure the future of Andrew's wife Juliann and his four children and help them endure the difficult times ahead.  

In addition to this tragedy, the city of Prescott has officially denied paying out his benefits claiming he was not full time. This is not accurate at all. He had been working his scheduled 40 hour weeks, he had obtained their goals required of full time status and had been given a raise above that of a seasonal employee.  Because of that,  his employee file had been forwarded onto the city managers' office with the endorsement of his supervisors. Unfortunately, they too perished in that fire and cannot confirm this. The delay in the process is the primary reason for their not approving his status.  Nonetheless, he was verbally assured of his status, he was working his required schedule as a full time employee, being paid as a full time employee therefore is due full time benefits.
 
It is not only our family's belief, but our community, as well as many around this great nation that the City of Prescott, specifically the Mayor and City Council, should immediately approve Andrew Ashcraft's benefits that will provide a secure future for his wife Juliann, Ryder (6), Shiloh (4), Tate (3), and Choice (18 mo). 
 
Please stand with us, our family, our community by signing this petition to enforce the prompt processing of his benefits. With your help, together we can make this change.
 
Mayor and City Council, agreeing with the words on his bracelet that Andrew wore until he perished - you too now have the opportunity to "Be Better". 
 
Thank you,
Tom Ashcraft

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    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. update

      Kim Reid
      Petition Organizer

      ***PLEASE SHARE***UPDATE***PLEASE SHARE***

      I just received a call from Juliann and the press conference scheduled tomorrow has changed to Wednesday at 9am and the City Of Prescott will have one to follow at 10am. So please re-arrange your schedules to show up Wednesday morning to support Juliann. Also tomorrow(Tuesday) at 3pm there will be an open forum at City Hall in Prescott and they will be discussing if they want to rebuild the Granite Mountain Hotshot program. Please show up and show your support for the wife of one of our fallen Heroes who died and left his family behind to try to save others. I have faith we can pull through for this family. It is the least all of us can do to help her out since her life has been turned upside down.

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      Kim Reid
      Petition Organizer

      All 19 hotshot families will receive worker's compensation and a one-time federal payment of $328,000. But the city insists Ashcraft and 12 others were seasonal employees and are therefore not entitled to the lifetime salaries and health benefits -- worth millions -- given to the six full-time Hotshots.
      "I said to them, 'My husband was a full-time employee, he went to work full-time for you,'" she said, "and their response to me was, 'Perhaps there was a communication issue in your marriage.'"
      CBS News obtained paperwork that shows Ashcraft did earn a full-time salary. The local firefighters union said of the 13 hotshots denied full benefits, Andrew Ashcraft was the only one to work 40 hours a week year round. City officials declined multiple requests for an interview, but Monday they sent a statement.

      "The city has fully complied with all of the laws and employment policies that direct survivor benefits," the statement said.

      Juliann Ashcraft said she is desperate for help.

    4. Jullian fighting fo Ashcrafts benefits

      Kim Reid
      Petition Organizer

      (CBS News) PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Five weeks ago, 19 men were killed fighting a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz. They died together.

      Andrew Ashcraft, 29, seen here with his wife, Juliann Ashcraft, was one of 19 elite "hotshot" firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire this week. / Courtesy Juliann Ashcroft
      It turns out, however, their families may not receive the same compensation.
      The fire that swept over the Granite Mountain Hotshots left Juliann Ashcraft a widow. Her husband Andrew was 29 years old.
      "I want to be able to just be mourning my husband, be supporting my children, be figuring out what our new normal is," she said.
      But she's been denied the lifetime benefits she was counting on to raise her four children, the youngest of whom is 18 months old.
      Ashcraft did not think it would be this much of an issue.
      "As shocked as I was that my husband went to work and never came home, I'm equally shocked in how the city has treated our family since then," she said.

    5. Reached 750 signatures

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    • gerald davis GLENDALE, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      the job was done for the ashcraft family still more to do for the others still first responders like firefighters, cops and soldiers should get respect all of the time. prescott did not the job right!!!

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    • Stew Weldon PLYMOUTHY, NH
      • about 1 month ago

      doing the right thing is important to me

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    • Wes Tackett VENTURA, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      He was a Public Servant and he left behing 4 kids and a wife!

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    • Carrie Beckett HUFFMAN, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      I'm married to a firefighter and I would hate to see something like this happen to us because of a technicality like people dying before the proper paperwork was finished. Shame on that town!

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    • Breanna Kerns KENT, WA
      • 2 months ago

      Because it's the right thing to do!

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