Wife of Fallen Firefighter in Arizona Has Baby Boy
Two more women are expecting
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2013 6:28 PM CDT
Sean Misner is in the second row, at far left.   (AP Photo/Family Photos via City of Prescott)

(Newser) – Jaxon Misner won't get to meet his dad: The newborn is the son of Sean Misner, one of the 19 firefighters killed in June while battling a wildfire, reports the Arizona Republic. Mom Amanda Misner gave birth last night, and she and the child are doing fine. Jaxon (his first name is officially Sean) will have two friends soon: The fiancee of firefighter Anthony Rose is due in October, and the wife of Billy Warneke in December. (Another of the widows is fighting to receive full benefits from the city of Prescott; her husband was technically a part-time worker.)

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Aug 24, 2013 8:02 PM CDT
For city budget reasons, two regular hot shot positions were kept on the books technically as 'seasonal/temporary' so the city could save money by not providing benefits. The two men working those positions worked 52 weeks/year, and always more than 40 hours/week. The widows and orphans are now fighting to receive benefits, but local residents say the widows are greedy. The seasonal hot shots had contracts that said they were not regular employees, and therefore they do not deserve benefits, even though they did exactly the same work as the other dead full time hot shots. I say all the fire fighters should all quit. Let the cheap taxpayers of Prescott see what their homes are worth if their city doesn't have a fire department. Let them see how much their hazard insurance costs will rise. The only greedy people I see are taxpayers who expect a free ride at someone else's expense.
Aug 24, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
Someone or bank or radio or tv station, should setup trust fund for child and her and some lawyer should look into at least getting benefits for these firefighters, just like if they were a soldier or policeman, even working part time. My heart goes out with her and her new child and I will donate.
Aug 24, 2013 12:37 AM CDT
I hope he had insurance and that she can get some benefits. I was talking to several strike fighters a few days ago. There were about fifty of them travelling in a bus and they stopped to eat at the same restaurant. The guys I talked to were from Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. They said the fire they were being released from was still burning uncontrolled. I did some research and found; the fire was started by lightning about August 7-8, it has so far burned about 10,000 acres - that's the same as a 15.5 mile X 15.5 mile square. It is burning in extremely remote and rugged terrain with few roads. There are about 1,000 firefighters and numerous helicopters, water tankers and bulldozers on site. Full containment (this means it's contained but not out) is not expected until October 1... The guys that do this work are young and TOUGH. They have to wear heavy protective gear, carry half their weight in equipment and they have to negotiate hills that are near vertical in 80 -90 degree temperatures (when away from the fire) and much hotter when in close. They earn and deserve every dollar they make. My hats off to them ! THANK YOU for the work you do...