Should the Autopsies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots Be Kept Under Wraps?

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The "deployment site," where the 19 firefighters died, is just beyond where the yellow line ends.


For some reason(s), Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk believes that the autopsy reports of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, which are public records, should not be released.

The Associated Press, one of the media organizations that requested the documents, reports that Polk's response claimed the privacy interests of the Hotshots' families override the public interest of the documents.

Autopsy reports are usually released to media outlets without anyone batting an eye, and it's unclear why the county believes that these autopsies, as well as photos of the scene, need to be kept from the public.

Maybe there's something to hide in there? No one will ever know, without a court order.

Here's our question this morning: Should these records be kept from the public?

Cast your vote below:


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38 comments
Gary Franklyn Mosby
Gary Franklyn Mosby

The autopsy process is performed regardless of how clear it is of how they died. There are only a few states that under certain circumstances Autopsies are nesscary for example, I think FL doesn't do them, if your older than a certain age and under a doctor's care.

Lisa Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy

let it be. Its sad enough as it is. Time to RIP

Bobbi Catton
Bobbi Catton

Will these families ever be allowed to grieve, celebrate the lives of their fallen loved one, and try to carry on? I feel so bad for everything they've been put through. As if losing someone isn't hard enough!

glyphhunter
glyphhunter

Someone dropped the ball and 19 good men lost their lives. Make those responsible face the music and make the autopsy records public, just like yours or mine would be.

Kelly L. Gullickson Madison
Kelly L. Gullickson Madison

Why is this even a question? Causes of death are a matter of public record so why is this even a forum for discussion? Yes, their deaths are tragic but even if we could learn one thing to protect future fire fighters, wouldn't it be worth it?

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Im just wondering who would want this to be public. This isnt a murder investigation. We know what killed them.

Kyle Hague
Kyle Hague

no-- but we could dig up any criminal records and publish an article with the info. Oh wait... New Times already did that.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Some of this will come out in the plethora of lawsuits being prepared. 

Denise Mason
Denise Mason

No. I don't think it even needs a reason for NO!

Cathy J Cross
Cathy J Cross

Why - smoke inhalation alone is enough to know how they died. Why cause more hurt to the family by disclosing the other horrors?

rickaz59
rickaz59

Should a NO vote be counted as a YES vote when most of the NO comments really mean YES?

Someone familiar with the cleanup of Yarnell houses destroyed by the fire told me this week that they estimate the temperature reached 2000 degrees F.  Metal objects were melted.  Crematoriums operate between 1400 and 1800 degrees.   

Certainly the families have some claim to privacy.  The defendants in a negligent homicide case should have some rights, also.  Unless this was all the fault of Eric Marsh, someone should be put on trial.

Adam Nollmeyer
Adam Nollmeyer

What is the standard policy for anybody else?--> ___

Cathy Smith
Cathy Smith

I think its stupid and not worth the money for an autopsy cause we all know how they died,, let them be at rest for once ppl...My Gosh!

Louise Stevens
Louise Stevens

Death certificates rae public record so the cause of death will be listed on them. If people are that nosy they can pay the fee to see. And all the fee money should go to the widows.

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

no, and using divine excuses for the death of these men is a travesty of the sacrifice they made.

Nyle Yazzie
Nyle Yazzie

Isn't public information anyways unless court ordered sealed? Not that I want to read it. It is unfortunate how they perished. Fire.

David James
David James

No no no no no. Let them rest in peace!

Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn

Why would we want to see the reports?

Jessi Lee
Jessi Lee

No. The results don't change a thing.

Ed Carr
Ed Carr

Why cover up what happened?

Ruth Dassen
Ruth Dassen

No. How would knowing help the public?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

It should be left up to the individual families weather the reports are released. Their privacy should be respected.

forensicexaminer
forensicexaminer

cause of death: intense fire that burnt them to a crisp. there, I blew the cover off this thing and ruined your poll.

ps. when is the new times going to file for bankrupcy?

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