Roxanne Warneke

The widow of fallen firefighter William Warneke released a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday at the Linda Vista Fire Department, Station 337, asking her to apply equal benefits to all 19 firefighters who were killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.

Only six of those firefighters were considered full time, meaning the families of the other 13, who were classified as seasonal employees, would not receive health benefits.

The letter asks Brewer to call a special legislative session to address the issue.

"Each man equally made the same ultimate sacrifice, and each family merits equal benefits in the aftermath of that sacrifice," she wrote.

Officials from the city of Prescott have stated that not only can the city not afford to provide equal benefits, but it is against state law to do so.

The 24-year-old widow, who is currently on leave from her retail job, is particularly concerned about receiving health benefits as she prepares to give birth to her fallen husband's first child in December.

She plans to name the baby "Billie Grace" after her father.

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