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Prescott fire chief Dan Fraijo 'angry' over hotshot claims

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 5:57 am

Prescott Fire Department Chief Dan Fraijo said he is “angry” with the recent comments made by a member of the Arizona State Forestry Division. “I think it is the most disgusting incident I’ve had in my entire career."

He's responding to information released by a member of the Arizona State Forestry Division--who was commenting on how the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed ... pinning the blame on their leader Eric Marsh.

He describes the Prescott hotshots as “elite in what they do and their dedication and their response to the issue.”

He defends Marsh saying, "I can tell you if he was here right now, I would do the same thing most of our people would do. I would follow him everywhere," he said.

Marsh's personnel file supports his reputation. He exceeded in every aspect of his job.

Colleagues say Marsh loved what he did, supporting his team and teaching them how to fight Wildland fires.

"Eric Marsh was one of the most intelligent and hardest working people. He took his profession to the science level," said Fraijo

Fraijo says the recently released article adds more pain to a community that's barely started to heal.

"That's the disgust that I have and I hope there is accountability," he said.

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