Wrongful death claimed by family of hotshot

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John Percin Jr. (Courtesy Facebook)

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.

A wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)
A wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

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.

An honor guard stands near the remains of Hotshot firefighter John Percin at the Lake Oswego Fire Station, July 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Robert Dingwall)
An honor guard stands near the remains of Hotshot firefighter John Percin at the Lake Oswego Fire Station, July 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Robert Dingwall)

At his funeral July 13, Percin’s family was presented with flags from Gov. Kitzhaber and the Arizona firefighting community.

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Hotshot John Percin dies in Arizona wildfire

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