Q: Is there an organization collecting donations to aid the families of the fallen firefighters in Prescott, Ariz.?
— Sheri Peek, Alpharetta
A: You can donate to a fund established by the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association and Prescott Fire Fighters Charities by mailing a check to UPFFA, 61 E. Columbus, Phoenix Ariz., 85012, or by using PayPal and going to the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association page. The 100 Club of Arizona (www.100club.org), a 501 (c)(3) that is “dedicated to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge,” is taking donations for its Survivors Fund at 100 Club of Arizona, 5033 North 19th Ave., Suite 123, Phoenix, Ariz., 85015. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation is taking donations at Wildland Firefighter Foundation, 2049 Airport Way, Boise, Idaho, 83705 or by calling (208) 336-2996. More information can be found on The (Prescott) Daily Courier’s website at www.prescottaz.com or at yarnellfallenfirefighters.com. Nineteen firefighters were killed battling a wildfire near Prescott on June 30.
Q: How many states have female governors? How many have black governors and Hispanic governors?
— Charles King, Loganville
A: There are five women governors in the U.S. They are: Jan Brewer (Arizona), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma), Nikki Haley (South Carolina), Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire) and Susana Martinez (New Mexico). Four are Republican, with Hassan being the only Democrat. There were eight women governors from 2003-09. Deval Patrick, of Massachusetts, is the only black governor in the U.S. Martinez and Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, who is of Mexican descent, are Hispanic.
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