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Published: Friday, Aug. 9 2013 2:25 p.m. MDT

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Spanish Fork, UT

Ahhhh, yet another example of government tripping all over itself because of the complete ineptitude inherent in the way it runs. It is obvious that the issue is in the flubbing of paperwork by a slow to respond bureaucratic engine. In the end its the citizen who suffers at the hands if inefficiency. Remind me again why it's a good idea to grow the size of government.

My heart goes out to this family.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

Closer to home, the soccer referee that was killed my a player is considered an Independent Contractor. His widow and children get nothing. In Utah, many employers use this method of avoiding paying Workers Compensation to injured workers or furnishing any benefits. The classify all their employees as Independent Contractors or seasonal workers. It is a great way for illegals to get hired by employers in Utah.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

Let's get this story as much play as possible. Social media has triumphed many times in getting wrongs righted. Get enough people applying enough pressure, and the city will fold and do the right thing.

p e

Now that we again see that government officials will promise anything to get elected and then hide behind obscure rules when it comes time to deliver, and know deep down that government can't possibly take enough of our resources to make good on their cheap lying promises anyway, shouldn't we warn everyone everywhere who has a family to obrain cheap term life insurance? It is great to know that this lady and her children are getting helped by kind people everywhere but we don't want to teach our kids to rely on unreliable and temporary resources. We want them to become self sufficient.
Kudos to those kind people.

henderson, NV

Dixie Dan, I'm not sure why your comments are even relevant to this article (you are comparing apples to oranges, were talking about a firefighter who put his life on the line everytime he went to work vs and ref who probably officiated for the fun of it).

Here is a recently widowed widow having to fight for what should rightfully be theirs. The city of Prescott just went down several notches in my book (they have no class)....you should take care of the people who take care of you and it is apparent they have no moral values....to bad as I no longer have any desire of visiting Prescott again unless I see them do the right thing (they should be jumping all over themselves to make sure this family is properly taken care of).

byu rugby
Crystal Lake, IL

So, what good is the UNION if, it doesn't fight for the family of this employee? I bet they made sure they received their mandatory dues every paycheck! And the to the individual who made the snarky "Communication" comment, there is a both dark and very warm place for the likes of you!

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Hunt: If there wasn't a government, there wouldn't have been anyone to fight the fire. Or do you think the home owners should have had to contract with a private company to protect their homes? Government is a two-edged sword - you have to take the bad with the good.

@ p e: I seriously doubt it is elected officials dealing with something at this level.

@ byu rugby: The union has stated that he has been working full time and receiving full time benefits. Has she asked them for anything else? What exactly do you think it is a unions job to do?

Kearns, UT

She is calm and clear in what she is saying. I certainly hope she wins this fight and soon!

Saint George, UT

She is getting workers compensation and a one time payout of 328k, not sure what more she should get! "What's rightfully theirs?" and how do we as outsiders have any clue whom or what anyone should receive?

West Jordan, UT

Kalindra, the union should be the one fighting for these families. The spouses should not have to do this.

Crbullseye, these families should also be receiving medical benefits for many years, plus compensation for future lost wages.

Salt Lake City, UT

The man was a seasonal employee regardless of how many hours he worked each week. The taxpayers of Prescott should not have to violate their own rules and pay this lady just because she cries to the media. Sure, her husband's death was a tragedy, but the taxpayers are not responsible to provide lifelong financial stability to everyone who suffers a tragedy. I know of no employer, public or private, who gives full benefits to seasonal employees.

Salt Lake City, UT

DR. Groovey, perhaps next time there is a fire around Prescott, the firefighters should just
sit back and let it burn. Excuse me, but when a life is on the line, and others are having their property protected by them, they should be willing to pay the price for that protection.
If not so, then the homeowners who are willing should have their property posted for protection and the others, not willing, can protect their own. How's that for 'fairness'.

Boise, ID

Am I the only one who read the title of this article and thought the wife had been killed?

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Loaf, if you are saying the headline is awkward, or poorly constructed, I agree. I am also sad for the widow, and glad she is alive to take care of her children.

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