In the aftermath of the 2013 fire in Yarnell, AZ, volunteers sifted through ashes, searching for the few valuables left for the town's homeowners to reclaim. I spent 1.5 hours with these volunteers and turned the story into a NAT/PKG.
This story is part of ABC15's 2013 Peabody Award winning series on Ford Escape vehicles experiencing sudden acceleration. In August 2012 I traveled to Baytown, TX to meet a mom and her two sons who survived a car accident after their 2001 Ford Escape suddenly accelerated. Due to our stories, 750,000 2001-2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute models were recalled and Ford was fined $17 million. Joe Ducey reported, Lauren Gilger produced.
Mark Cardenas, an Army veteran who experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in Iraq is also a legislator in the Arizona House of Representatives. He co-sponsored a bill to provide assistance for veterans in need of work and psychological assistance.