The mother of Granite Mountain Hotshot Grant McKee who was killed with 18 other members of the Prescott, AZ-based crew in the June 30 Yarnell Hill Fire has filed a notice of claim against Yavapai County, Prescott and the state of Arizona seeking $12 million in damages.
“With the exercise of reasonable care, Grant’s death was preventable,” states the Nov. 14 notice filed by the Scottsdale, AZ law firm of Knapp & Roberts. “In fact, with the exercise of reasonable care, no member of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew would have died on June 30, 2013.
“Grant McKee, and 18 of his fellow crewmembers, died because the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, and the State of Arizona (the “liable public entities”) violated all 10 of the nationally recognized Standard Firefighting Orders.”
The 16-page claim is available here.© Copyright 2013 John Dougherty, All rights Reserved. Written For: Investigative MEDIA