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Yarnell fire survivor to be deposed on firefighter deaths

Brendan McDonough is expected to shed light on what he heard on the radio before the crew was overcome by the fire

USA Today

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The sole surviving member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots is scheduled to undergo a sworn deposition later this month about the events of June 30, 2013, when 19 members of his crew diedin the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Though Brendan McDonough has previously been interviewed by fire investigators and the media, he has never answered questions about the accident under oath. His testimony is of potential interest in litigation stemming from the catastrophe, particularly in light of recent claims that McDonough overheard a crucial radio transmission between hotshot crew bosses about the positioning of the firefighting team.

According to public records, McDonough is set to be deposed May 28 at a Phoenix law office. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

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