PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A spokeswoman for the Arizona attorney general said the state is reviewing wrongful death claims filed by the family of hotshot firefighter John Percin, the West Linn High School graduate who died in a wildfire last summer.
Stephanie Grisham confirmed to KOIN 6 News Arizona is looking at that claim as well as claims from 15 other hotshot firefighters who died in the same blaze.
Percin’s family put in a claim — the first step in a potential lawsuit — for $35 million.
The wind-whipped fire trapped 18 members of a Prescott-based “hotshot” crew and another man working with them on June 30, 2013. All 19 died despite deploying tent-like fire structures designed to deflect the heat and flames.
Percin graduated from West Linn in 2007. He was 24.
The Associated Press reported Percin loved baseball and had an unforgettable laugh. In his aunt’s eyes, John Percin Jr. was, simply, “an amazing young man.”
“He was probably the strongest and bravest young man I have ever met in my life,” Donna Percin Pederson said in an interview with The Associated Press from her home in Portland.
At his funeral July 13, Percin’s family was presented with flags from Gov. Kitzhaber and the Arizona firefighting community.
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