Board approves full retirement benefits for family of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot

PRESCOTT, AZ - The family of one of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots will be entitled to receive full retirement benefits following a Thursday hearing in Prescott.

Juliann Ashcraft confirms to ABC15 that the Prescott Board of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System voted 4-1 in favor of her claim.

According to The Daily Courier , Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall voted against the action, saying he "wanted to have more time for consideration."

Ashcraft's husband, Andrew, and 18 of his crewmates were killed June 30 while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Andrew and 12 of the other hotshots were classified as seasonal or temporary at the time of their deaths, marking a dramatic difference in benefits paid out to their families.

Juliann Ashcraft had been embroiled in a dispute with the City of Prescott since August 2013 over the firefighters' status and benefit claims.

When asked how the decision would affect other families, a city official said they have no comment at this time.

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