WELL IT'S BEEN A WHILE STILL WAITING FOR OUR ARBITRATION DATE,IT'S BEEN A LONG HARD ROAD OF STRUGGLING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEAL WITH NOT BEIN A FIREFIGHTER FOR A YEAR AND A HALF(ALMOST)IT FEELS LIKE IT'S BEEN TOO LONG!! MY WIFE AND I ARE TRYING HARD TO STAY ON TRACK OF EVERYDAY LIFE (BILLS,FOOD,RENT)AND STILL CAN'T MAKE IT WORK!! U KNOW ALL THAT STUFF!! NEVER THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE A DAY WHEN ALL OF THE FIREFIGHTING WOULD COME TO SUCH A HAULT SO QUICK IN OUR LIVES,ALL FOR SERVING FOR WHAT I KNOW AND DO BEST!!BUT THE DAY WILL COME FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE BACK IN OUR LIVES,AND I'II BE BACK TO WORK FOR WHAT I DO BEST AND GREW UP KNOWING!! ALL THOSE YEARS OF LEARNING AND TEACHING WILL AND HAS BEEN REWARDING FOR MY FAMILY AND OTHERS!! WORDS OF ADVICE NEVER THINK A JOB IS SECURE CAUSE ANYTHING OR ANYBODY CAN TAKE IT FROM YOU AND YOUR FAMILY(FOR GOOD OR PUT YOUR JOB ON HOLD) AS QUICK AS YOU SERVE!! BE CAREFUL!!

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Comment by Rick on August 9, 2008 at 11:47am
What ever happened to "We take care of our own." It seems more and more we learn , its just not always true. Shure if your "well connected , or have Department Heritage , or maybe Political wires" you can rest easy.

But what about those who just plain persued a carreer or a life long dream to be a Firefighter? What about the ones who aren't hired and educated through "Nepotism or Patronage?" What about us who are not "Entitled through family ties or heritage?"

Why do we get held to different rules and standards. Its not right - when do the rules level the playing field? When do we all share the same pride and loyalty.

Shure youll always hear about all the "benefits , fundraisers and good deads" done for their friends" - but what about the rest of us ? Unions and Fire Departments all across this country are being ripped apart because the self serving and Politically inclined seem to dominate department agenda's.

When will the majority of honest workers stand up to the "Controling Minority?"
Comment by YAVONNE RELYEA on March 30, 2008 at 7:33pm
I know how you feel,I was a volunteer firefighter for 20yrs and an emt-d for 7yrs, got hurt on a rescue call and now disabled for life. I don't know if yours was paid, but i wish the volunteers had benefits as the paid fireifhgters. I had to fight every tooth and nail to get money from the comp board, and i lost my regular job as an area merchandiser becuase i injured my lower back and my neck. Can't even take a desk job due to the pain of sitting,walking,etc. My husband has also been injured at his last job and has a disease that prevents him from wearing an airpack, and any interior work. He just recently went back to work because we couldn't afford to live without the moeny,food,etc. Have you tried the disabled firefighterrs fund. I fgot help from this group after i was first injured to help me out with my rent.You can send me an email at yavonnerelyea@yahoo.com.Stay strong and don't give up!!!!!!

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