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PUBLIC RECORD REQUESTS-CITY OF PRESCOTT-Record(s) requesting: FISCAL RECORDS for 2007 thru 2014-Pt 6

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8-1-21 6pm- I am going to begin Aaron B Lawson extensive file for one hour than I have to get out for a hike. I want to thank each and everyone of you who donated to Wildland Firefighter Foundation this week. Each and everyone of these folks at the foundation touched my life recently. I needed that. Their presence was my present. I appreciate the hard work I saw up close and in person.


Thank you Mom, Brother Paul, InvestigativeMEDIA Bob Powers, Helen Graham, Scott Briggs for your donations to a worthy cause and an excellent foundation. I put appx. one thousand invites out to Social Media Facebook in hopes if every person just gave one dollar then the goal would be met but we are almost there with only six people so "Special Thank You"

Aaron B. Lawson applied for Wildland Captain Firefighter with the City of Prescott for the Crew 7 / GMIHC - 2-11-08. Human Resources received it 2-15-08. Aaron stated he had three years of college. He attended Riverside Community College and Crafton Hills Community College both for "Fire Science". He worked under Fire Chief at Angeles National Forest - BLM as a Fire Engine Operator 4-03 - 08' in Palms Spring CA started at $15.00 and ended at $22. He left to apply for GMIHC / Crew 7 because he wanted a "new challenge". He safely drove and pumped type 3 engine and assumed Captain responsibilities in the Captain's absence. He sized up IA fires (type 4 IC), determined the need for more resources, directed helicopter water drops, determined handline placement and tactics, removes hazard trees on fires (faller B), qualified long line and hover hook-up cargo loads, competent Bendix King radio programmer, directed ATGS and IA air tankers on drops, develops physical training programs for the Station, Qualified: Single Resource Boss, ENGB, HELM, DOZB-T, STCR-T, performed CRWB duties line out tool order, scout fire line, post look outs, assign weather taking duties, brief crew on expected fire behavior, incident objectives, strategies and tactics, make escape routes and safety zones known, constantly updating situational awareness, proficient with portable pumps, Instructs NWCG classes and Basic 32hr wildland course, fostered work with multiple agencies on projects/fires in the area, performed and delegated daily station and vehicle maintenance, correct and appraise work conduct, complete employees times and bi-yearly appraisals. 4-98' to 10-02' Aaron worked as a Lead Firefighter for the United States Forest Service in Corona CA ($11.50-14.50) under Barbara Richards. He performed hose lay and line construction on fires. Trained new FFs on hose lays, line construction, tool sharpening, helicopter briefings, proptocals for long line operations, S212power saws, worked around helicopters manifest, load calculations, heli-spot construction, safety equipment PPE, directed daily operational briefings, built new hand tools (rhino, super pulaski), performed station maintenance (lawn care, household cleaning, drywall work), organized employee training folders, participated in Community Services programs, responsible for ordering supplies and maintaining the station fire cache, Fuel abatement work with El Cariso IHC ie: prepping holding line, burning complex ignition plans (Terra Torch Operations, pistol rounds, drip torches), CRWB-T and Squad Bosson type 2 IA Tigers crew including off forest and out of region assignments. He was also CDF Riverside CO Perris CA Volunteer FF 1-97' thru 10-2000 under Tom Sherman ($9.11) and he responded to all risk fire calls, assist full time staff with station duties/repairs. Daily equipment check-outs, assist weekly and monthly fire training nights, 24 hr a day available, current EMT-I, helped with fund raising activities and public education, cooking duties. His references were BLM Tim Dunfee, Ops Chief Tom Sherman, NV BLM Zone Aviation Manager Shane Charley. Skilled at Boise Lightning Recon Map/ He back then every year had multiple assignments as Crew Boss for type 2 IA crews and helicopter boss. He received an award for coordination of work on Pacific Crest Trail fire rehab work using helicopters lowering cost. He both supervised and worked on or with several different Federal Type 2IA and IHC crews throughout my career as well as Helicopters crews. This experience has helped to expand and round out his knowledge base and feels he will be a great addition to the GMIHC. [ He is one of the first red card quals I have seen in ages filled out properly ] Shows Incident Qualification Card as follows: Printed Feb 12 2008. CA - CDD Qualified: ICT4 /25/11, HELM 8/21/09, ENGB 9/25/11, CRWB 8-7-12, ENOP -29-12, EMTB 10-1-09, FALB 8-31-12, Terra Torch Operator 6-5-09, ATVO 4-29-12, HECM 8-21-09, RXB3 11-10-08 Training: DOZB 2-21-10, HEB2 4-28-10, SEMG 7-18-09. Certificate in his File: S330 2-7-08.

[ Some interesting Bullet list Items of Objectives and Work Experience he offered to become a GMHS: ]

Objective: he wanted to be a Captain/Team Member on GMIHC and to help with the ongoing development of a safe and productive IHC training program.

Work Experience:

  • DOI BLM CA Desert District Engine Captain Black Rock Fire STN. - Chief Tim Dunfee

  • DOI BLM CA Engine Operator Pinyon Station 30, 2 years / detailed Captain 8 months - Captain Terry Joyce

  • DOI BLM CA Desert District Fire Engine Operator Type 3 Engine Black Rock Station 2 year

  • USFS Cleveland NF Trabuco District Asst Fire Engine Operator Type 3 Temescal Station 1 year

  • USFS Cleveland NF JAC/ Lead Firefighter Type 3 Engine El Cariso 2 Seasons Fuels Work with El Cariso IHC 2 Winters - Captain Barbara Richards

  • USFS Cleveland NF Palomar District Detailed FF Heli-tack Ramona H-538 7 months

  • USFS Cleveland NF Trabuco District Lead Firefighter Type 3 Engine Corona Station 2 Seasons

  • USFS Cleveland NF Trabuco District Lead Sawyer Type 2 IA Hand Crew (Tigers) 2 seasons- Chief Tom Sherman

  • CDF / Riverside County Volunteer Station 14 FF I on type 1 and 3 Engines 01-97 thru 01-01

Accomplishments:

  • 3rd n the class 2005 DOI Fire Engine Academy

  • Top 95% in Both the Basic and Advanced R-5Wildland Fire Academy

  • Completed Santa Ana College Drill / Burn Tower and Flashover

  • Several Crew Boss Assignments a year with Type 2IA Crews Off the Sequoia NF on Large Fires.

  • Multiple Helicopter Boss assignments with Type 2 Helicopters with 5-10 Person IA Crew on Large Fires every year

Education: Norco HS Graduate, Riverside Community College, Allen Handcock Community College, Crafton Hills Community College, American River Community College (42.5 units in Fire Science)

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Well that was an extensive application if I ever saw one- one of the top applications I have seen filled out for those applying for the GMIHC - Crew 7 position(s).

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Laura Markel of Human Resources - Assistant wrote and sent a "Copy of Offer" Letter to Aaron Lawson March 24, 2008 4:54PM. "Welcome Aboard!"

3-24-08 Aaron was hired as a Full Time Wildland Captain to Replace Current Captain Eric Shane Marsh. 6 month probationary evaluation due 10-7-08. Annual Review due 4-7-09. ($20.22)

'Oath of Office' signed 4-7-08.

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I can share this ... out of all the applications I have on the GMIHC / CREW 7 the City of Prescott really showed high respect towards this man in their "Welcome to the City of Prescott Team!" package. They even spent the time April 10, 2008 at 8:30am in the City Hall Basement Conference Room to orientate Aaron for appx four hours of the City of Prescott Culture, policies, safety, risk management and health insurance benefits. What I do find "odd" is the original public posting of this "Wildland Captain" Granite Mountain Hotshots (t) that Aaron applied for stated Pay grade: 62 Pay Range: $42,051 to $58,871 DOE/Q annually plus benefits FLSA Status Non Exempt (eligible for over time) ... Applications must be received by 2-15-08 so Aaron just made that deadline for the position.

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Six Month Review: 11-24-08 Nothing written- no raise. [ Aaron was hired on to have his 6 month probationary evaluation due 10-7-08 but Steinbrink and Martinez waited 48 days later than original projected review date before he got this review. What I do not understand in this was the current pay scale for his position across the USA was slightly higher and on Nov 26, 2008 the City of Prescott approved Steinbrink and Martinez's decision. ??? I would have reconsidered because so far in all the files and what I known since July 2013 in that Yarnell Library and the Community Meeting side talks- Aaron Lawson was the "talk" and I still have zero understanding to "why" but it seems someone in the Fire Industry respected him if the "YHF eyewitness/housewife hiker" knew the name since July 2013. I find that very interesting. ]

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What I find odd is they have a "Separation" checklist in his file and it states they destroyed his file 10-24-2016 and Aaron separated 10-24-11 yet "how" do I have this extensive file of his? Right. If it was destroyed 10-24-16 then how did I get this May 21, 2020 in paper form in the mail?


I remember InvestigativeMEDIA stating Aaron Lawson, recruited Chris MacKenzie to the Granite Mountain Hotshots in 2011. As well as this article:

and the hug I remember:


"Separation" checklist in his file showed two "X"s for Resignation Letter / Termination Documentation, Notify IT, Notify Finance, Notify Payroll Notify AEI, No retirement. There was no Exit Interview.


October 12, 2011 Aaron Lawson received a City of Prescott letter from Laura Markel. Laura stated she was informed that Aaron was leaving City of Prescott and that his last day was October 24, 2011 and thanked him for his service to the City of Prescott. She went over COBRA, HIPPA, Colonial, Arizona State Retirement System, Deferred Compensation Account, Aflac, Employee Handbook returned, Keys, and badge return, to get final check any fuel cards must be returned.


I am really shocked that they destroyed his file 10-24-16 ( 5 years from his resignation letter date ) yet his file is the best jam packed with records and certificates of all of them thus far that I have received and such even the actual "Esse Quam Videri" GMHS Letterhead Resignation Letter I am reading right now. Blows me away. Only one other person I gave a CC of the copy of the original via text. I felt someone I trust should see the actual document vs. my writing it all out. Strange that in 2011, Aaron felt that way from day one but committed to the Crew for the four years. This document to me has value that there was something off long before the fateful day.


Here it goes:


To: Chief Darrell Willis

Eric Marsh


From: Captain Aaron Lawson


Subject: Letter of Resignation


Date: 10/24/11


I am choosing to resign my position on my own free will as Wildland Captain today for several reasons.


First and foremost, I am perusing testing for other departments and holding my current position and job demands has made it impossible to do this during the peak of hiring times coinciding with fire season.


Secondly, I no longer enjoy being away from family for 120 days a year; this demand has strained my family, relationships and I as well.


Last, I knew the first fire season I was in the wrong place and just didn't fit in here. However, I committed in my interview I would stay for four years and help use my qualifications to complete the certification process to gain Type 1 Hotshot status plus gain a few qualification for myself and I feel I stuck to that promise I made. I tried for four years to find common ground with my supervisor but seem to never be able to find a balance and foster healthy work relationship or a healthy work environment to continue my employment with the Granite Mountain Hotshots.


Thank you for the opportunity to serve the city of Prescott and work along side some of the finest fellow firefighters I've had to chance to know.


Sincerely,

Aaron Lawson



I need a break after typing that out. Wow. I want to know why early on the name "Aaron Lawson" was brought to the eyewitness on the YHF July 2013 and I had wrote down Erin Lawson thinking it was a female. I never did anything with the name except write it down until I was going through GMHS Alumni documents than I remember why I did nothing with the name because I thought I was confusing this name Erin Lawson / Aaron Lawson with Jason Clawson, Aaron Hulburd...


Skimming through the pages..


There is more...I have to learn how to present it...I think I just received documents that someone wanted me to have and now I want to run it by some outlets. This is serious stuff. I am very sorry to you Aaron Lawson. If you match up other files to this one ... I feel for you big time, Aaron.



8-1-21 10:33pm: Bed time. I am gonna work out long tomorrow since I got so wrapped up in this tonight.


I need to take a breather because the more documents I have to present... it is actually in Eric Shane Marsh's own penmanship along with official typed up report.


8-2-21 1pm: I clearly had to notify some folks before I begin to scan some documents being these are actual copies of the penmanship documents from Eric Shane Marsh himself showing the "other side's" perception of the Resignation Letter of Aaron Lawson.


I will state this ... after meeting many first hand folks this letter of Eric's seems to be just a perception with no actual professional documents to back up the words written.


I can state after the incident on Ted Turner's place and the word-smith and cover up there I am not all for reading Marsh's words because they have shown to be just that - words with no professional backing documents and sources.


I would like it if someone is going to call someone out in a Disciplinary professional manner then have the documents / names / sources to back it up. Marsh did it to Brandon Bunch as it shows in the records. I heard it happened to others. I see that healthy professionalism lacks here. Let me figure out how to use my scanner. It is an old copier that I am trying to hook to a newer pc.


8-2-21 1:19pm: I figured out the scanner now. I feel we all yesterday got to see Aaron's Resignation Letter. Now let us give Supervisor Marsh his turn. I know so many people believe the answers we will never know because the men died but there is plenty of paper trail and people alive who can fill in the blanks.


Until then I will keep pushing the records to the front and show the "real" stories / documents until we get to the bottom of how Gilligan and I almost perished June 30th, 2013 and how did that even happen to 19 men?


Willis most likely knows I am placing public records over the years here. I refuse to re-hash and notify him each time because he will continue to be on the posts and maybe some day it will be Willis who does the "difficult right thing" and begin to share more right here on the posts. Who knows.


I am sure someone will let him know I am telling it fairly by showing both sides to this day not just Aaron Lawson's side. I am one who does my best to alert you if possible before I place something out there.


I even placed stuff out there in prior posts and had the Keehner Family ask me to omit areas and I did respect their decision and on one of the posts is just that-I redacted what they asked me to do. I am fair.


These items I am placing out show value for my path to learning the truths as well as others.


Here was what Eric Shane Marsh wrote before he went to the meeting and before he did his draft and final report on Lawson, see:


My commentary on the above page one of two Eric Shane Marsh notes in his own penmanship is as follows:


1. how did I get this record? The file said destroyed 10-24-16 ( 5 years from his resignation letter date ) and yet I own the actual "Esse Quam Videri" GMHS Letterhead Resignation Letter and then some and I received it years after it was supposedly destroyed and sharing it to you all to better make sense to what led up to June 30, 2013 with this Crew versus focusing directly to errors the last 18 minutes. Those people know who they are (the last 18 minutes) and they need to go public but they opt to omit at this point. I have hope and faith they will one day share.


2."Termination Topic"- it seems obvious in the Lawson Resignation Letter he was straight and to the point. He explained his stance. If I had a "leadership" employee explaining to me early on he did not fit in and he did not do the PT training and such than I would have to be a guide in some way to figure a way to help him "professionally" fit in as his Supervisor especially when the City of Prescott during Lawson's interview process stated their goal with Crew 7 was to become a Hotshot Crew (one of the few Crews that were tied to a Municipal and Federal with as well State Mutual Agreements.) and Lawson helped them in his credentials to achieve that status- That was a honorable action to commit as long as he did in the environment he had. There is other GMIHC/ Crew 7 Alumni that share that same view as Lawson when he said " I tried for four years to find common ground with my supervisor but seem to never be able to find a balance and foster healthy work relationship or a healthy work environment to continue my employment with the Granite Mountain Hotshots."


Those statements matter. Now, we need to see if it was isolated views or mixed throughout the Crew or even a few too many folks wanting the same position eventually. I am never going to allow Marsh to receive the blame solo and I will show all sides I am provided. I am fair.


Page two of Eric Shane Marsh notes in his own penmanship:

My commentary on the above page two of two Eric Shane Marsh notes in his own penmanship is as follows:


1. Aaron Lawson would have to confirm if this took place about the "no-show" to this meeting and what was really communicated to him on the topic just reading this is not enough for me.


2. I am confused when the notes above says: "the attitudes and actions they had been witnessing over the past 3+ years are unacceptable to our organization."


It appears it is aimed towards Lawson the statement yet many Hotshot Crews I have had the opportunities speaking with since the June 30, 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire that Sonny and I eye-witnessed would state why is Marsh saying that about Lawson because that is the feel many had towards Marsh even one of my Co-Authors feels Marsh was not trustworthy. Certain specific individuals have tried to suppress many people and Wildland Firefighters from sharing their experiences about the GMIHC. I am here to openly share all sides.


Next page of the file:

I have to run and get my workout in- I will do more uploading after my medical appointment tomorrow so be here again tomorrow night. For now, have a great night ... 8-2-21 3:33pm. There is plenty of pages more ...


8-4-21 2pm: For the past two days I could not get to the pc due to bodily pain and going to medical appointments and an urgent need to get an area handled and the scanner would not work the past two days until now. I had to uninstall and re-install.


Let us continue on to load the documents to show all sides to the letter...Here is more of Eric Shane Marsh's penmanship notes to help properly assess and learn "who" this Crew was ...


As I read below, I am thinking I would have to hear both sides "in person" - just not enough here to make a proper assessment and that is not going to happen so it is what it is ... I still feel in my humble opinion this Aaron Lawson was hired on to help GMHS become the status they became from Crew 7 to GMIHC ... the rest would need more data to say more ... if any of you Alumni want to share privately to help fill in the "swiss cheese" effect here, I would appreciate that. Please reach out to me so we can share the stories and documents. I want to know. I think it matters. I think Lawson was not shown full honorable professional respect on this matter. What do you think? You, Alumni, were there- help fill in the holes.




His file lacks pages 4 thru 18. This was the was the copy in the file of the Discipline Report after the Draft above documents:



His file lacks pages 4 thru 18.

So I wrote all the resignation letter out (above) but a few asked to see the actual document so here it is:

To close this post, I want to add the copies of the actual Master Records just to show you all that Lawson was no rookie and I feel when he worked the first Season, he caught areas like other Alumni of the GMIHC have shared to me and I am hoping his Seasons on this Crew did not hurt his career longevity speaking. My hope more Alumni finally open up publicly or anonymously here so we can discuss these areas so we can help lessen Wildland Fire Fatalities.


Master Record pages 14-21 of 57 pages was given only, see:

Looking down below on page 15 of 57- please remember what you learned earlier up above-


"Laura Markel of Human Resources - Assistant wrote and sent a "Copy of Offer" Letter to Aaron Lawson March 24, 2008 4:54PM. "Welcome Aboard!"

3-24-08 Aaron was hired as a Full Time Wildland Captain to Replace Current Captain Eric Shane Marsh. and he left October 24, 2011."


Yet look at the 'Committee" approved 9-26-11 for Lawson as Div Group Supervisor - how many weeks later he would then resign? Something just does not add up here. The guy has a solid record. Helps them to gain status with his credentials?


Then you look earlier to the IQ Card to the Master Record-


Master Record showed for ICT 4 effective date: 4-1-08 and expiration date: 9-5-16 and yet scroll up when he began the Crew 7 / GMIHC it stated on the Feb 12, 2008 Incident Qualification Card as follows: 9-25-11. Help me understand that? Yet his file lacks the actual certifications and task books for Lawson of where and the date he received these Quals. for these Positions.


Master Record showed for ENGB effective date: 4-1-08 and expiration date: 9-5-16 and yet scroll up when he began the Crew 7 / GMIHC it stated on the Feb 12, 2008 Incident Qualification Card as follows: 9-25-11. Help me understand that? Yet his file lacks the actual certifications of where and the date he received these Quals. for these Positions.


Master Record showed for CRWB effective date: 4-1-08 and expiration date: 9-5-16 and yet scroll up when he began the Crew 7 / GMIHC it stated on the Feb 12, 2008 Incident Qualification Card as follows: 8-7-12. Help me understand that? Yet his file lacks the actual certifications of where and the date he received these Quals. for these Positions.

Master Record showed for FALB effective date: 7-4-07 and expiration date: 4-14-14 and yet scroll up when he began the Crew 7 / GMIHC it stated on the Feb 12, 2008 Incident Qualification Card as follows: 8-31-12. Help me understand that? Yet his file lacks the actual certifications of where and the date he received these Quals. for these Positions.


Master Record showed for HECM effective date: 4-1-08 and expiration date: 4-14-14 and yet scroll up when he began the Crew 7 / GMIHC it stated on the Feb 12, 2008 Incident Qualification Card as follows: 8-21-09. Help me understand that? Yet his file lacks the actual certifications of where and the date he received these Quals. for these Positions.


Master Record showed for DOZB effective date: 4-28-10 and yet scroll up when he began the Crew 7 / GMIHC it stated on the Feb 12, 2008 Incident Qualification Card as follows: 2-21-10. Help me understand that? Yet his file lacks the actual certifications of where and the date he received these Quals. for these Positions.


Master Record showed for HEB2 effective date: 4-01-08 and expiration date: 4-01-11 and yet scroll up when he began the Crew 7 / GMIHC it stated on the Feb 12, 2008 Incident Qualification Card as follows: 4-28-10. Help me understand that? Yet his file lacks the actual certifications of where and the date he received these Quals. for these Positions.



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