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Pat McMahon

Benefiting others

Here are the only things I know for sure about what's going on up in Prescott.

First I've never met Juliann Ashcraft, the widow of Hotshots firefighter, Andrew Ashcraft. I never got to know Andrew, but I would have liked that. I would have asked him what possesses a man with a wife and four kids to sign up to walk into any area that's burning to put out the fire.

I suppose it's to protect other people with wives and kids. I've never met Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall or any of the City Council either, but it sounds like a thankless job where you're always going to make somebody madů and you have, Mr. Mayor -- you and the rest of the council.

You've upset people because a lot of us, by you adhering rigidly to the absolute letter of the law when it comes to firefighter benefits, a lot of us wonder where the compassion is. Full time, part time, seasonal -- all meaningless categories when daddy's dead.

If it's the law, change it! Take a chance on being a Hotshot.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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