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Updated Aug 19, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Final Word: Why not use donations to help 'seasonal' hotshots' families?

So the tally for the fundraising so far for the Yarnell Hill Firefighters is at $9 million.

A lot of money, for sure, but obviously Arizonans hearts are overflowing for the families of the 19 fallen.

Last week on the show, we talked about the fact that the families of the "seasonal" firefighters aren't going to get the same benefits as the full time employees and we sympathized with their situation. But if the payouts would bankrupt the city, and the city says they would, you have to understand their side too.

But here is a pot of money, a big one, and a grant committee will meet next month to try to disburse the money. Is it out of the question that some of those "seasonal employees'" families get a a little more of the charitable donations than the others?

That $9 million is not technically public money, in that it was voluntarily donated. It's charity in its purest form.

So let's try to make it a little more equal for those families. Those families lost just much as the "full-time" employees' families, but because of a necessary technicality in the city's contract with its firefighters, they don't get the same death benefits.

Sometimes life isn't fair but that's when fellow citizens come in and donate because we don't like when life isn't fair.

Shouldn't we get to make it right when we can?

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Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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