Fire Service Leaders with Nothing to Say
On Christmas Eve, four Webster, New York, firefighters were shot and two killed when a paroled felon with a prior murder conviction set them up. It’s more accurate to say they were executed with premeditated precision. Arson was used as the pretext for drawing them into the killing zone so the connection to our profession is both direct and compelling.
If our national/international fire/rescue organizations exist in part to protect us by formulating solutions, they are all asleep at the wheel on this one. A scan of web pages (IAFC, IAFF, NFFF, NVFC) reveals either complete silence or the issuing of platitudinous press releases. Pretty thin gruel under the circumstances. So much for decisive leadership.
By the way, I’m not talking about overturning the second amendment but you would think they could momentarily shrug off their collective holiday torpor and (at least) pretend to give a shit.
If “balls”, (or rather the lack of them) is the problem, they can look to NYPD’s Chief Ray Kelly for leadership inspiration. Kelly said,”I think it’s important to let the federal government know that something has got to change.” Kelly backs his tough words up with action, something fire service leadership, both labor and management, seem unable or unwilling to do. Come to think of it, we don’t even have the tough words so we are a long way from action.
And Chief Kelly is no simpering-pinko-liberal-lefty. He is a combat veteran and Marine who served (and led troops) in Vietnam as a Second Lieutenant.
The guy’s got balls enough to loan out. Perhaps he’ll give us some.
We are certainly in need of them.
(Credits: USA Today and NYDN)