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AUG 07, 2013 - Yahoo! News

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Row simmers over death benefits for Arizona 'Hotshot' firefighters

By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) - Nineteen members of an Arizona hotshot firefighting crew killed by a fickle wildfire all shared the same risks, but the widow of one is complaining that a two-tier compensation system meant her young family would be denied full survivor benefits. The elite firefighters died in June in the worst U.S. wildland fire tragedy in 80 years. They were engulfed by wind-whipped flames in seconds as they tried to extinguish a blaze that forced evacuations and destroyed scores of homes in and around the tiny town of Yarnell. ...

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