- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The family of an Oregon high school graduate who died fighting wildfires in Arizona seeks $35 million in a pair of wrongful death claims against the state of Arizona and other entities.

Documents obtained by The Oregonian (https://is.gd/yJSU3F ) say John Percin Jr. could have survived if the crew had been instructed on escape routes and directed to use a different firefighting strategy.

The 24-year-old and 18 other firefighters died June 30 when a wildfire overran an elite crew as it tried to protect a town.

Claims are precursors to possible lawsuits.

Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the Arizona attorney general, says the state is reviewing the Percin claim, as well as claims on behalf of 15 others.

Percin graduated from West Linn High School.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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