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“True Colors” Brother and Sisterhood in the Toledo Fire Department

Last week, the members of the Toledo Fire Department were faced with a very difficult decision. Along with the decisions they made at fires and on EMS runs which affect life and death and the preservation of property, they had to decide on the shape of the Brother and Sisterhood of the department. The question: “Let 125 young firefighters get laid off and for the remaining brothers and sisters with seniority, keep their well deserved pay-raises, pension pick-ups and reduced healthcare costs OR vote to keep the younger brothers and sisters on the job and take significant pay cuts.” Over $3,000,000 worth I read.
On the other hand, the Police, facing the same layoff number voted to let the “kids” get laid off! In other words, “I got mine – go yet yours” and turned down the concessions! Apparently, “Toledo’s finest” are not really that fine!
I am very proud to say that I was once a part of the Toledo Fire Department and part of “Toledo’s bravest”. They have their problems to be sure! What department doesn’t? But when the question of the brotherhood and sisterhood was thrown in their face, they supported each other! They showed their true colors and I am pleased to say that “Brother and Sisterhood” lives and breathes in the TFRD! I’d crawl down the hall with any of them.

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Comment by Todd McKee on April 9, 2010 at 2:16am
Good Stuff my Brother! Good STUFF!
Comment by Brad Hoff on April 7, 2010 at 1:43pm
Something that should be said is that the senior firefighters on the floor remembered where they came from being in the same shoes as the rookies at one time in their career.

Like a good brother of mine quoted "Braithre Thar Gach Ni" -Brotherhood Above All Else"
Comment by Jeff Schwering on April 6, 2010 at 4:18pm
Skip, I completely agree! I today's world, it's nice to see the BROTHERHOOD Standing Tall!
Comment by Jeff Betz on April 6, 2010 at 12:14pm
Well said Skip. We have talked a few times at FDIC, and being from just up here in Adrian, I know a few of your people in Toledo. I am glad to see you as one of their leaders, take the time to praise their well thought out actions. We had the same issue on a much smaller scale here, as we lost 2 of our 18 members, but made several concessions and we now have them back.

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