Fire crews must serve, protect all
November 16, 2010 · 1:05 PM
Dear awesome firefighters, thank you for being there in case we need you.
These are the words written on a card that accompanies a basket of goodies delivered annually to the local fire house from my family on September 11.
It is to say thanks and to remember those who perished in New York City on this day. Many brave firefighters gave their lives to save those in the World Trade Center.
I fear that those brave, awesome men now turn in their grave. Did they read the article in the October 6 Seattle Times, about the firefighters in Tennessee that let a family’s house burn to ashes because they did not pay a $75 fire protection fee? They lost everything, including their two dogs.
The neighbors begged the firefighters to save their neighbor’s home and offered to pay the fee themselves but, to no avail. Were they trying to set an example? An example of what—that we serve, but only those who pay?
This is appalling and sickening to me. It makes me ask, “What has this world, our country, come to?”
I don’t know if our rural areas are required to pay a fee for fire protection. If so, please know that if a firefighter stands and allows a home to burn down and does nothing, then he or she should be ashamed to wear the uniform.
I know in my heart and trust that the firefighters in the Snoqualmie Valley would never do this. Your job is at times a very dangerous one and you, like our nation’s police and military, represent this country’s