AUGUSTA, Ga — Taking to the streets to fight for his job. Nickolas Prokosa held this sign in front of the Richmond County Court House Tuesday hoping people would take notice of how he says the city has treated him.
"Because of me doing my job that I loved tremendously, because of me doing my job, I'm just yesterday's trash," Prokosa says.
Prokosa was a firefighter for the city of Augusta. He says he was injured on the job back in 2011, then a few months ago he received this notice saying he would be terminated. "This is just my last reach for help," he says.
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Victor CeperoWednesday, December 19, 2012 6:24:56 PMTI know how you feel. I was hurt on the job and had to sue the county to get them to pay for my surgery and workman's comp for an on the job witnessed injury while on a fire call. After 8 months and lots of wasted time my lawyer said if you ever want to get fixed they offered to pay for your surgery if you resign or they will keep you in the courts for the next few years.
Aaron ChamneyWednesday, December 19, 2012 7:55:34 PMThis is exactly the same thing that happened with me. Only difference is he worked for a "real" fire department in a city. My "department" is a private corporation more focused on raking in money than caring for their injured staff. And I bet his chief was an actual firefighter in the past, mine was a mail courier who was just handed a 4 bugle badge. That's Rural/Metro at their finest. My site, if anyone can forward it on, is www.giveforward.com/aaronchamney. Thanks & good luck to the two terminated firefighters.
Edward M. ViolettThursday, December 20, 2012 1:03:01 PMContact the EEOC and file a complaint for an Unfair Labor Practice. They will listen then.