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Barred from firefighting, crews watch home burn

Perdix volunteer firefighters were reportedly the first to arrive at a house fire but could only watch as they're barred from firefighting

By FireRescue1 Staff

PERDIX, Pa. — Firefighters who were the first to arrive at the scene of a raging house fire were forced to watch the home burn because of an ongoing dispute with township supervisors.

The Perdix Fire Company is barred from fighting fires in Penn Township since its officials cut ties with the volunteer company in January 2010 after decades of bickering, according to

The Thursday morning blaze was only half a mile from the Perdix fire station.

Duncannon Borough City Fire Chief Byron Worner claims that a fire unit had arrived on the scene in three or four minutes after the first call, despite the homeowner, Karen Taschek, saying she waited 20 to 30 minutes for the first firefighters to arrive. reports that Chief Worner said the house was so far gone that "it wouldn't have mattered" even if Perdix firefighters were able to help.

Perdix Fire Company Deputy Chief Monte Supko disagreed, saying he had firefighters waiting on the scene doing nothing.

"We had about six-seven firefighters standing down there watching the place burn and we couldn't do nothing about it, because of actions of a few," he said.

Taschek and her daughter were unharmed in the blaze, but their family dog died. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Tim Pritchard Tim Pritchard Friday, September 07, 2012 3:17:26 PM Sounds to me like those guys aren't really firefighters at all. We do the job regardless. I say this next part thinking the ones that were on scene had what they needed to do the job. NO FIREFIGHTER THAT I KNOW WOULD STAND BY AND WATCH A PERSONS HOME BURN!!! They would do the job and take what ever consequences came. They should all be arrested for standing by with all they needed to fight the fire and doing nothing. PRIDE can make people do bad things and I believe this is one of the worst I have ever heard of!!!!!
Garrett Crumby Garrett Crumby Friday, September 07, 2012 3:39:41 PM Fight the fire then when a bereaucrat gets in your face about it...knock em out.
Joshua Glenn Davis Joshua Glenn Davis Friday, September 07, 2012 3:41:48 PM they should have fought it anyways what's the worse that could have happen they get fired I would have fought the fire.
Pete Gravell Pete Gravell Friday, September 07, 2012 3:42:14 PM If Spock was a Firefighter, his Human response to the political officials would be...GO TO HELL, then fight the fire.
Sheila Ryan Sheila Ryan Friday, September 07, 2012 3:42:34 PM Tim maybe its the fact of the fines and charges they would face if they did im a volunteer but i wouldnt risck having to pay fines or go to jail for it my family comes first......its a horrible tragedy and im sure a hard thing to stand by and watch
Serena Leblond Serena Leblond Friday, September 07, 2012 3:42:40 PM amen Tim...that's the way it is.
Robert Nash Robert Nash Friday, September 07, 2012 3:45:40 PM Shouldn't they lose their FF licenses for breech of duty?
Mike Cassani Mike Cassani Friday, September 07, 2012 3:47:22 PM A lot of people say they would fight the fire but there are legal ramifications that must be considered. Fines as mentioned before, and what would happen if a firefighter were hurt or killed? Would workers comp or other insurance cover them? Fortunately I have never been in this situation thanks to good mutual aid agreements.
Steve Tofanelli Steve Tofanelli Friday, September 07, 2012 3:47:53 PM Fight the fire. You got equipment, personnel, then fight it. Fines? Charges? Bring them. In the sniveling bereaucrat world the public would eat anyone alive for going after firefighters DOING THE RIGHT THING!
Eddie Carroll Eddie Carroll Friday, September 07, 2012 3:48:02 PM Letting politics prevent firefighters from doing thier job... These guys were not taking ther job of FIREFIGHTER seriously. What happened is stupid, do the job, and bitch, moan and complain AFTERWORDS!
Angel Swain Angel Swain Friday, September 07, 2012 3:48:24 PM What happened to Duty to act? I feel for this family but I could not personally stand by and watch this. You are already on scene do it and deal with it later.
James Low James Low Friday, September 07, 2012 3:48:33 PM the fire scene belongs to the fire department and what they say goes. They need to save the bickering for after things gat done!
Carlton Chandler Carlton Chandler Friday, September 07, 2012 3:48:53 PM I am from across the river from perdix and I know all about the battle with the township and the fire dept and the township told the fire dept of they respond to any fires in penn township they will be arrested and thrown in jail so yea kinda a tough pill to take when they want to put u in jail just my opinion not the views and thoughts of the co. I run with thanks.
Douglas Cremeans Douglas Cremeans Friday, September 07, 2012 3:52:13 PM in my own personal opinon, they did the right thing, if thye would have fought it, would they have been fired? gotten fined? or some other punishment? if they got fired, what good would it have done for the dept to lose that many people? getting fined? I'm not about to pay for the actions I signed up for due to the bickering of the city officials. if they are not going to fight the fire, why were they dispatched in the first place? we had a fire here in ohio, where 2 dept's stood out on the apron waiting to get called into the 3rd depts working area...less than a half mile each. it was the desicion of the 3rd dept to NOT let these guys go at it before they got on scene...PRIDE in this job sucks when it comes to "home field playing" that's why we have mutual aid in the first place...
Bobby Dean Cranford Bobby Dean Cranford Friday, September 07, 2012 4:04:18 PM I never understood the "I can't play with others because I have to be in charge" thing...but have seen it TOO many times! It's really simple, I am a volunteer...if you want my help I'm there, if you don't then don't cry when I'm not!
Keith Mathon Keith Mathon Friday, September 07, 2012 4:04:35 PM You're volunteers! You don't get paid! If you don't want to work you should have stayed home! Don't show up in gear with trucks and do nothing!
Jim Sigler Jim Sigler Friday, September 07, 2012 4:12:11 PM 1. What kind of cop would arrest a firefighter attempting to do his job? 2. What kind of firefighters would allow their brothers to be arrested for doing their jobs? Sounds like a recipe for a major civil incident to me.
Jeff Haugh Jeff Haugh Friday, September 07, 2012 4:26:04 PM I have heard of this before but never understood how a FF can watch a person's home burn down and do nothing. If there was confusion go by the cardinal rule: Do the right thing!
Curt Smith Curt Smith Friday, September 07, 2012 4:27:53 PM Just do the right thing.
Jason Stettenbenz Jason Stettenbenz Friday, September 07, 2012 4:29:20 PM The thing is that this was a political stunt.. The fire fighters where where banded from fighting fire should have never went in the first place. They did it only for show. Only to get a public compalints. They are not firefighters...God put us on this earth to help people simple as that. We are firefighters day in day out. We never deaveate from our mission in life. Those that do are never should have been a firefighter in the first place! GREAT JOB GUYS FOR MAKES US LOOK BAD YET AGAIN!
Jane Ankenbauer Jane Ankenbauer Friday, September 07, 2012 4:34:48 PM Its sad that this is even an issue. WTF happened to taking care of your neighbors. No such "law" should ever be made NEVER.
Ethan Sicard Ethan Sicard Friday, September 07, 2012 4:35:02 PM What the point in having an FD if they are not allowed to fight fires? If anything pull a PR line to make it look like you at least attempted.
Chuck Bruzdzinski Chuck Bruzdzinski Friday, September 07, 2012 4:38:24 PM Can anyone verify if PA has a good samaratin law? If they do there are no legal ramifications fr extinguishing this fire. As long a they did no additional harm deliberately they would have been in the right. I see a lawsuit in their future if they did stand by and watch. Any horrible lawyer could win that suit.
Joe Mathews Joe Mathews Friday, September 07, 2012 4:43:16 PM Tims got it right. As a Firefighter we have a duty to put other's needs before our own. You say you wouldn't fight that fire because of the risk of unemployment but you would risk your life? We have some boundry lines in our department and they are considered Grey. Cross them if you need to. This would have been a need to.
Jim Bateman Jim Bateman Friday, September 07, 2012 4:45:01 PM If they were banned from firefighting, for whatever reason. WHAT were they doing there in the first place? If I was the FIRE MARSHALL. They would be the first suspects I would approach, especially if the cause of the fire was suspect. Rules are made to be enforced. Playing this game of WE COULDA HELPED is nothing but reverse Politics, in Reverse. And they all know it.
Jim Bateman Jim Bateman Friday, September 07, 2012 4:46:39 PM Sure thing Garrett. That sounds mighty SMART of you. Grow up.
Bobby Kimble Bobby Kimble Friday, September 07, 2012 4:57:38 PM If they wouldn't/couldn't fight it, why even respond?
Aaron Clark Aaron Clark Friday, September 07, 2012 5:03:40 PM Personally I think its a tragedy and the city has a lot to work out. That said I would not put my crew in a position that they would get fined or arrested if there was no human life to save. that said if there was a viable save possibly, then no doubt I would go in and take care of business but that's to much risk for contents. Just my opinion....
Dereck Pristas Dereck Pristas Friday, September 07, 2012 5:19:16 PM Why even respond?
Matthew Quinn Matthew Quinn Friday, September 07, 2012 5:24:12 PM Arrested for what? Failure to act when they had no legal obligation to do so?
Ken Stephens Ken Stephens Friday, September 07, 2012 5:24:46 PM Yes Timmy. Firefighters ---real Firefighters will do the job despite the conditions they work under.. That is what makes them Firefighters.
Dana F. McDaniel Dana F. McDaniel Friday, September 07, 2012 5:26:37 PM yes pa has a good samaratin law it is hb 315
Mike Cassani Mike Cassani Friday, September 07, 2012 5:30:41 PM Easier said than done Curt, what would your family do if they had no pay out and no pension except for what you put in. If a life were in danger that may be a different story, but that is what we as officers must decide when the time comes. How much are we willing to risk?
Brian Fryar Brian Fryar Friday, September 07, 2012 5:31:02 PM this is bullshit that is why some city officials need to stay out of fire dept. business and the city needs to build her a new home for their stupidy.
Cheri Pelletier Cheri Pelletier Friday, September 07, 2012 5:33:31 PM the problem is people cant get along with each other...
Kenneth Tull Sr. Kenneth Tull Sr. Friday, September 07, 2012 5:34:03 PM If these volunteers were barred from fighting fires in the township - why did they even respond. Sounds to me like a good lawsut on the township officials by the home owner.
Bryan Johnson Bryan Johnson Friday, September 07, 2012 5:35:40 PM I delt with a simmilar situation in a combo dept the county made the rules for paid and vol. on my way to work I pulled up to a house fire 911 was just beeing told about hadent dispatched the run the neighbors were screeaming a little old lady in a wheelchair was inside. I put on what ppe I had and went in she was 20 ft from the door got her out safe. as I was coming out the door the first truck pulled up (paid staff) I got a phone call a few hours latter from the county cheif that I was suspended indefinitly never allowed to ride again. a few days later my vol. cheif called said the hosp called and the lady wanted to thank me. I went to the hospital she thanked me we talked she found out that I was tossed she went to papers with her story. when the news paper got ahold of the fact that I was tossed with in hours after the story ran I was back in. The county made it a point to give medals to the paid staff for the grab. I will do it all over again if the situation arises that's just what we do.
Nikki Marie Nikki Marie Friday, September 07, 2012 5:36:41 PM I hate political crap like this ugh let the closest ones do it!!
Andrew Ramaeker Andrew Ramaeker Friday, September 07, 2012 5:36:58 PM What is the state law that prohibits a firefighter from doing their job? Trespassing at best. That's a cite and release and no prosecutor worth their salt would even look at that. Sounds like an idle threat to me. These towns ned to grow up. Their citizens are the ones who are suffering. Bunch of dumbasses!!!!!
Richard Fletcher Richard Fletcher Friday, September 07, 2012 5:39:58 PM Another case of paid over vol--
Nathan Morin Nathan Morin Friday, September 07, 2012 5:42:42 PM Whether or not there was fines, it doesn't say... but if youre worried about fines, then don't show up! standing there and watching the home burn is a huge insult. either fight the fire or don't show up period.
Parker Simpson Parker Simpson Friday, September 07, 2012 5:42:48 PM Yeah and get arrested and never get a job in the fire service ever again....bunch of armchair quarterbacks.
Steve Mauch Steve Mauch Friday, September 07, 2012 5:43:22 PM There is not enough info here to say they were right or wrong. The article says 6-7 firefighters were on scene standing there, it does not say they had an apparatus present. Maybe they showed up to make sure no one was inside. This seems to be a damned if you do damned if you don't scenario. Those who say they would've fought it anyway, you weren't there, you don't know what happened, you don't know if they were given the repercussions of what would happen. Yes, it sucks, no its not easy. I believe it was somewhere around LA, the department had to watch a man drown because their water rescue was cut. At least in this case no one was hurt...let's not jump to conclusions here, let's remain professional and support our brothers and sisters. If you can't do that, maybe YOU aren't a true firefighter...
Aaron Houseman Aaron Houseman Friday, September 07, 2012 5:44:43 PM Well Tim as a volunteer would you like to be thrown in jail for 15 years because you decided to do something. ANY Perdix firefighter caught fighting or assisting on any emergency call in Penn Township will be arrested and thrown in prison. Would you choose prison over fighting this fire? I think the township needs to re evaluate and let Perdix back into fighting in their own first due! DO NOT blame the fire department. BLAME the TOWNSHIP for making the law against them.
Edna Winona Edna Winona Friday, September 07, 2012 5:47:45 PM the problem also is people are stupid.....
Rick Loughrey Rick Loughrey Friday, September 07, 2012 5:49:21 PM fukn politics...go figure.
Bill Sieffert Bill Sieffert Friday, September 07, 2012 5:52:02 PM Are you kidding.nevertheless the ignorance
Spartacus Jones Spartacus Jones Friday, September 07, 2012 5:52:15 PM Some laws, you just have to disobey, no matter what the consequences are. (The Fugitive Slave Act, is the prime example.) But that's just my personal opinion.
Spartacus Jones Spartacus Jones Friday, September 07, 2012 5:58:23 PM I'm sorry to say it, but, unfortunately, most cops I know wouldn't hesitate to arrest a firefighter. And unfortunately, I don't think I know a single firefighter I could count on to back me up if I were getting arrested for doing my job.
PL White PL White Friday, September 07, 2012 5:58:29 PM This woman is out of a home due to the "township supervisors" being total assholes! I bet if it was one of their homes the FF would be dousing it with water! This lady and her daughter are now without a home, and their beloved dog is dead. WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!
Justin Smith Justin Smith Friday, September 07, 2012 6:08:01 PM They give the fire service a black eye...
Robert Pidgeon Robert Pidgeon Friday, September 07, 2012 6:11:10 PM what happened to the good samaritan law? it protects you from shit like this.
Brett D. Grandaw Brett D. Grandaw Friday, September 07, 2012 6:17:21 PM We vow to serve and protect our neighbors! Volunteer or career, doesn't matter, those guys/gals are a disgrace to the service!
Byron Ouellette Byron Ouellette Friday, September 07, 2012 6:22:52 PM Its to bad that politics play such a major role in the fire service. To often does things like this happen.
Ro Bert Ro Bert Friday, September 07, 2012 6:24:39 PM cant fight a fire without apparatus. If they would have went the half mile down the road, an took the engine, they would have been thrown in jail for stealing a fire engine. sucks for the homeowners, but the bad publicity may do the city good.
Marcus Wrynn Marcus Wrynn Friday, September 07, 2012 6:24:39 PM I am from long island in the county of Nassau...there 71 dept's ...2 of them are paid/ volunteer dept's but the rest of us are all would think in this age that we could put stuff like that aside...we are here to a job...and we all took oath to do that job.....some people just forget that
Karen Scheuber Gurina Karen Scheuber Gurina Friday, September 07, 2012 6:32:52 PM I'm not a FF, but I do believe if I was there I would have distributed some water. What would they do to me? Once that hit the national news? I would have pulled the trigger for sure. I know you would have, right?
Alicia Boulette Alicia Boulette Friday, September 07, 2012 6:34:30 PM Thought it was all about fighting fires why show up if they weren't going to fight it!
Ian Montgomery Ian Montgomery Friday, September 07, 2012 6:38:43 PM I am just thank full we don't have your political problems, here all rural fire units are under a national umbrella, City officials have no say in how we operate, its actually illegal for them to have any direct control over a rural fire unit and the units have a MOU with their regional fire authority, City/towns get a only a representative on the fire authority which is made up of all stakeholders. and has to follow national guidelines. In urban areas the National fire service is independent of local politics and has a national set of rules and regs.
John Liebfred John Liebfred Friday, September 07, 2012 6:45:04 PM You've gotta be kiddin'
Gina Regina Epley Gina Regina Epley Friday, September 07, 2012 6:58:04 PM My heart goes out to the family that just lost their home and dog. This should not have happened!
Paul-Olga Silvia Paul-Olga Silvia Friday, September 07, 2012 7:01:06 PM A fire fighter's job is to protect life and property! Put the f'in fire out and deal with the bickering later! No Professional Fire Fighter would not let this happen!
Wesley Allardice Wesley Allardice Friday, September 07, 2012 7:12:40 PM leave out the "not"
Ed Woods Ed Woods Friday, September 07, 2012 7:25:39 PM When are you people in the States with Township Goverments going to wake up and do away with Townships? It's the stupidist form of government on the face of the earth. One Governing Organization at the County Level will do everything Better and cheaper that the stupidity that you have now. And while you're at it, copy the Maryland Laws that keep politicians from interfering with public safety. EVERY Fire Station should protect all that it is the closest to - Period. NO political boundaries are allowed to interfere. We've been doin it that way forever, people always get the closest available help, and no elected politician can interfere with that, By Law....
Jay Johns Jay Johns Friday, September 07, 2012 7:29:17 PM Not everywhere Chief. Even up here in Washington County the chief of the department still can decide who is due on their boxes. I have been on a transfer where we had to pull over to let a unit respond past us to go to the fire that we weren't allowed to run.
Greg Jakubowski Greg Jakubowski Friday, September 07, 2012 7:48:45 PM Ed, after Jack Johnson????????? My fire tax is $40/year and I get the closest companies under a Township government with at least 4 FF staffing per unit.
Garrett Crumby Garrett Crumby Friday, September 07, 2012 8:07:41 PM I'm not an officer. I'm a plain-joe firefighter. I fight fire and help those who need help. My oath doesn't include standing by idle while someone in need doesn't get the help they deserve from those who do the same job I do. The "knock em out" comment was a facetious way of saying that no matter what the suits want I will do what I swore to do and deal with the consequences of bereaucracy later. If I did what I believe I should've done to help another person then the only opinion that matters to me is God's. It's ridiculous that lives and property are jeopardized and lost because some politicians want to whine about tax dollars. Money is indeed the root of all evil because it pushes people who are intended to serve in positions of government to put lives and property in danger over a dollar. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Robert Reeves Robert Reeves Friday, September 07, 2012 8:43:13 PM If you knew you could not render any assistance, why did you even respond? The residents were already undergoing a great deal of anxiety over their home burning without adding additional anxiety of watching the FD do nothing! Being sensitive and considerate of people suffering used to be a trademark of FD's. It appears someone was trying to make a statement to the politicians at the expense of a resident's home..... SAD! IF YOU CANNOT AND WILLNOT HELP THE SITUATION STAY AWAY!
Jim Wold Jim Wold Friday, September 07, 2012 8:52:53 PM Aaron , Prison really? I gotta call bullshit on this............ PUT THE FIRE OUT!
Shannon Rogish Shannon Rogish Friday, September 07, 2012 9:00:56 PM I have to say, if you believe cops will not arrest firefighters, check out the utube video of the fire captain getting arrested on the highway for refusing to move an engine that was being used as a "safety barrakade" during a medical call on the side of the highway.
Shannon Rogish Shannon Rogish Friday, September 07, 2012 9:04:12 PM I understand that all stations have their drama, (many with neighboring stations), unfortunitely, too many are on their "power trips" and tend to forget who they are serving. I see it all the time in the area of PA I am in. There are stations within a very few miles of each other (about 3-4 miles apart) and these "turf wars" go on quite often. I wish people could play in the sand box together, but as long as money is hard to come by and stations are so worried about who gets paid for what services, these cases will not end.
David Wasson David Wasson Friday, September 07, 2012 9:11:52 PM It doesn't matter who's right and who's wrong here. At issue is that, because of political infighting, a family lost their home and their pet while a fire company stood by and watched it happen. Such behavior on the part of those who could have done something is inexcusable.
Jim Beach Jim Beach Friday, September 07, 2012 9:37:20 PM REALLY ?
John Novak John Novak Friday, September 07, 2012 9:43:31 PM If you are concerned about getting fined or arrested, DO NOT SHOW UP! That way you will not be expected to fight the fire. Stories like this make all of us look bad. I would also start voting and/or supporting the right people to replace the incumbents in Penn township in order to have the law changed.
Mitch Kratochvil Mitch Kratochvil Friday, September 07, 2012 10:04:06 PM Have to agree - if they are really barred then don't go
Sandy Chaney Lora Sandy Chaney Lora Friday, September 07, 2012 10:46:54 PM This is disgusting! Petty arguments and disagreements need to be put aside when there is an emergency! That house was that families home! If I were one of those firefighters... I would of said forget the rules, and let the water flow! There was a possibility that they could have saved the family dog. Get it together officials with no hearts! Lives and homes are being lost!
Brent Evick Brent Evick Friday, September 07, 2012 11:10:49 PM These are the types of issues that really piss me off. There should NEVER be a question of political victory over life or limb...
Jimmy Johnson Jimmy Johnson Friday, September 07, 2012 11:46:23 PM STUPIDITY Does get in the way of going and having a halfways decent chance of saving someones property.
Jimmy Frisco Jimmy Frisco Saturday, September 08, 2012 12:06:21 AM Yeah Ed, it's a shame that I live in Annapolis City and can't be a Volunteer here. Last I remember as a Volunteer, our goal is to protect life and property. At least with AA County you can volunteer and the City is located within the County, but we are not welcomed here.....just doesn't make sense to me all ..... because of the City union
Corey Trewhella Corey Trewhella Saturday, September 08, 2012 12:52:13 AM Yes they never should have went there in the first place.
Jessica Holder Jessica Holder Saturday, September 08, 2012 2:25:28 AM Hmm... makes you wonder why officials cut ties with that particular department in the first place, huh?
Brent Mathers Brent Mathers Saturday, September 08, 2012 2:45:18 AM It's a shame that politics takes a priority over serving and protecting.
Frank Perna Frank Perna Saturday, September 08, 2012 3:18:09 AM Aaron Houseman you forget in these here united states we have what is called failure to act law if you are identified as a responder who has the means to assist and fail to do so you can be sued or worse so HELL YES i'd fight the fire then let the home owner be my star witness at my trial FIRE FIGHTERS NEVER DIE WE MULTIPLY and we do the damn job
Judy Nutting Judy Nutting Saturday, September 08, 2012 3:34:03 AM My son is a firefighter in Fountain Hill Pa. and I saw first hand bureaucratic BS between the townships there in the fire dept. and Police dept. and we wonder why the kids of today act like they do?
Ralph Perman Ralph Perman Saturday, September 08, 2012 4:29:10 AM I find it rather odd that after over a century of Community Fire Fighting, we have gone Back to this? I mean it has been over a century that Fire Department stopped partitioning boarders and moved to a much more sane policy of "First on Site". And you are right, at least no lives were lost, but it is still a wonder as to why we allow a HOME to burn because it's not within our boarders?
Tim Woodell Tim Woodell Saturday, September 08, 2012 4:47:13 AM not a jury in the world would have convicted a whole FD.
Julie Little Julie Little Saturday, September 08, 2012 7:10:51 AM that is terrible!
John R Shuman John R Shuman Saturday, September 08, 2012 7:26:43 AM Aaron Houseman yes I would because ANY judge who gets this case would throw the sentence out because the firefighters are doing ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE and that judge knows that he wants that person working in the fire department not in jail incase his house catches on fire. thean there would be the civil lawsuit against penn township because they are allowing homes to be destroyed and not saved because of the threat to throw them in prison. I come from a family of firefighters and there is not a single one that would ever sit and watch a building burn.
Steve Roebke Steve Roebke Saturday, September 08, 2012 7:49:34 AM If they were paged to the fire, they should fight it. Let the dispatchers take the blame if they shouldn't have been there. The politicos need to get out of the way. Out herein Montana rural areas we don't have many of these battles thank God.
Bobby Kimble Bobby Kimble Saturday, September 08, 2012 8:17:01 AM The the city fathers take the heat for it. But, I'm not sure what the total riff is with them. Looking back, I may have done what I could then dealt with them later.
Corey Trewhella Corey Trewhella Saturday, September 08, 2012 9:10:05 AM With a Fire Dept you get what you pay for. For the idiots wanting to privatize everything that means more stunts like this and more insurance rates sky rocketing.
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Saturday, September 08, 2012 9:25:50 AM This is horrible. Of course we don't have all the facts here but I smell a lawsuit. At least all the humans made it out alive.
Brian Wolgamot Brian Wolgamot Saturday, September 08, 2012 9:28:42 AM No mutual aid? It wouldn't be the first time I've been locked up.
Steven W. Wilgus Steven W. Wilgus Saturday, September 08, 2012 9:57:56 AM I am a Registered Nurse AND a Firefighter [was in Iraq w/ WSI too], I could NOT stand by: the question as a Nurse is 100% clear: IF YOU FAIL TO RENDER AID, YOU CAN BE CRIMINALLY CHARGED. Now my question to my FF Community is: does the same Necessity To "Care" also apply to a Fire Service? I Honest to God don't know: and another thing is, if my Chief says "Stand down", then I will obey him/her. When I become a Chief, THEN I can be the hot seat decision maker.
Steven W. Wilgus Steven W. Wilgus Saturday, September 08, 2012 10:01:24 AM Aaron Houseman as I posted above as a question: when does a "Do Nothing" LAW supercede the care of the population we are supposed to serve? What JURY would convict a Firefighter when THAT Service is the question? I for sure wouldn't.
Steven W. Wilgus Steven W. Wilgus Saturday, September 08, 2012 10:04:21 AM do the right thing: even the Court of Heaven will acknowledge this. Politicians are one step from being dictators far too often. If all else fails: GO PUBLIC.
Steven W. Wilgus Steven W. Wilgus Saturday, September 08, 2012 10:07:36 AM ""Your policy is illogical, and therefore I can not obey it," Mr. Spock.
Kia Coontz Thomas Kia Coontz Thomas Saturday, September 08, 2012 10:35:01 AM There will surely be public outcry from this incident. That outcry is what would have saved the volunteers, if they had acted. The outcry should now fall upon the volunteers that did not act, and the township supervisors and fire trustees that created the issue. I've been in the fire service for nearly 19 years. I have seen the problems of letting trustees or other boards run fire departments. Their job is to see to our financal needs and budgets. I have trouble seeing you guys not acting, you may have been bullied and deterred, but really. Brett Thomas
Brandon Barber Brandon Barber Saturday, September 08, 2012 12:43:09 PM Im with tim pritchard on that

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