Letter to the Editor:Somerville Mayors Firefighter Hate Vidio Posting 

At the end of the firefighter hate video that was posted, the fireman is accused of being an extortionist by the metrosexual in gray….the hypocrisy never seems to end.

I’m reminded of the fire we had at our house when I was about 7 years old. If it wasn’t for our neighbor Mr. Morrow who called the fire department here in Ward 7, just a block away, we could have perished in that fire since our bedrooms were next to our back porch. The fire began after midnight when we were sound asleep.

. My parents suspected the 12 year old delinquent who’s family were recently evicted from our second floor apartment. My parents could see him leaning up against a car laughing with his friend as the fire fighters were working to put the fire out which destroyed our first and second story porches. But the most important thing was that we were safe. So I know how important our fire fighters are, they saved our lives that night and my parents never forget their quick response and follow up weeks later. To think that our mayor would question their salary and benefits is really hard to believe. How can anyone put a price on the job they do? How many of us would face a blazing fire at extreme heat for hours and be willing to risk our lives as they do every time they get into that truck. 
Few would want to do what they do because it’s hard work. Yes, it may not be every day, but one never knows what is expected when they are headed to someone’s home or business when responding to emergencies. and while they are riding to the emergency wondering if will ever come back or will face permanent injury for the rest of their life. 
The firefighters who lost their lives during 911, and the warehouse here in Mass some years ago, just two examples of the sacrifices made by men and women who risk their lives for others, most who are complete strangers.
There are many others stories of tragedy they face everyday around the country and and many have lost there own lives while saving the lives of others. 
So, shame on the mayor for his inability to recognize them for what they do to keep us safe.
Thank you to the men and woman who put themselves out there for everyone of us who call upon them in our time of need.
I was present at the union collation labor meeting weeks ago and never realized just how badly union workers were being treated by the mayor and ignored by our local town officials who have the power to influence in their contract negotiations.
Payton Corbett mentioned one firefighter was forced to pay $6,000 out of pocket for an injury he sustained on the job.
Their healthcare coverage should be paid in full with a small portion of say $40-60 dollars as an employee contribution, without deductibles. As singles and families cannot afford high costs of deductibles.
Obviously, Joe has been trying to adapt the corporate model into city employee pay and benefits– that’s not what unions represent and why it’s imperative to fight for their survival.
I hope they will soon get the contract they deserve! 
Union busters like the mayor are a disgrace.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Locchi Jacobs 

One thought on “Letter to the Editor:Somerville Mayors Firefighter Hate Vidio Posting ”

  1. Were the firefighters ever able to move out of the moblie home that was used for living quarters in Union Sq.?…it was a disgrace at its inception…

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