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Monthly Archives: February 2012

A gamble with tax payer's money? Are BIG chances being taken in Botetourt County's provision of Public Safety? Why let a fox in the hen house?

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Their policy should be STRICT because allowing felons to serve in Public Safety is like putting a fox in the hen house!These are NOT the types of people I want in my house ( with my wife, children, grandchildren etc) while I'm away. When responding to an emergency incident, the Fire Chief has that authority .... to enter your home (by force if deemed necessary).

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Volunteer Leadership

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The days of "Territorial" Volunteer Companies is passing. A 15 or 20 minute response time because you think it's "YOUR" call and you don't want to turn it over is unacceptable! Our citizens expect more. They demand more and they DESERVE it! We can not compromise on Public Safety for the sake of ego stroking.

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A bunch of FOOLS

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I was able to attend the Weissman service but was on duty yesterday during Whitacre's Funeral. Both were well attended and those in attendance should be proud that our Brotherhood was well represented. Yes... our "Brotherhood". These families got to see first hand over the past few days and week what all the "hype" and Brotherhood "talk" is about. They experienced it first hand. If you attended one of the services.... you did too.

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A good send off

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We attend these services for the survivors. The fallen are already in a better place. You attend for the family. The wives (or husbands), children , parents etc as well as for their extended family.... the Brothers and Sisters of their Department. You attend to let them know (and see) that they are not alone, their grief is shared and their support system endless.

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Paying my respect

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I hope to see you there. I URGE you to attend if at all possible. Regardless of Rank or tenure ( if you're a "Rookie" firefighter...you definitely should attend). I believe we owe it to each other to do so. It's paying "RESPECT" to a Brother or Sister.

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More from The Fire Critic and Ironfiremen.com

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I will be attending the funeral and have plenty of room if you'd like to ride ( Rhett will be out of town and unable to attend but we are taking the "Blog Mobile" ). I will be leaving Station #13 in Roanoke at 7am Thursday morning. We will return late Thursday night (We will be attending the 6pm wake as well).

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