Serve, Protect And Protest

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Firefighters, EMS workers, and police in Georgetown say they aren't getting the money, benefits or appreciation they deserve.

The first responders voiced their complaints in the street and at the Georgetown City Council meeting Monday. The workers claim that due to the city's reported budget shortfall they are enduring:pay cuts, benefit cuts and have inferior work equipment. The employees called on city council to remedy the issue.

Many council members sympathized with the first responders, but said there's not much they can do to fix the problems that are most pressing, because money is just too tight. Despite that, the emergency workers made it clear they plan to continue to press the issue.


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  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jun 10, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    As much money as we all pay in taxes, the least that can be done is that the emergency workers who save our lives in our most desperate situations can be fairly compensated and have the proper equipment to do their jobs. During tight budgets, they can cut some of the trees they plant in the parks or stop mowing the parks every week in order to make this happen. They say they can't remedy it, but they can by putting their priorities in order, and people's lives are more important than a new playground, mowing grass, or the amount of water they spend watering the "city" plants and trees. They CAN find the money if they are committed to the citizens who pay and expect state-of-the-art emergency services.

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