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Friday, August 14

You Make the Call...Dedication

I'm borrowing this from one of my readers, I hope he doesn't mind. We're also going out of our comfort zone this week, hold on tight.


A local politician has decided to do something special for a retired member of your service and has suggested dedicating the new firehouse to the retired firefighter. Being on the community committee, the vote is 3-3, and you have the swing vote on this decision.

When you suggest a plaque and a ceremony, the politician informs you that will not be enough. He hands you this rendering of the sign in front of the firehouse:
You make the call.

There will be no monday morning results, so get your comments in.

9 comments:

FireCritic said...

Ha,

I would only approve it if his name was Mike Hunt!!!

Sounds like the plaque and ceremony would do.

The Happy Medic said...

Oh FC, everyone's a critic...

brokenangel said...

Why not, seriously tho it depends why it is being dedicated to him!

Michael Morse said...

I'm an all for one, one for all kind of guy when it comes to the fire service, so I would voye "nay."

GiveItDiesel said...

Why not install a laser projector so that an image of Mr Johnson can project into the sky and illuminate the whole town at night?

TBChick said...

My vote is no.

This a firehouse and if it needs a name it should be the name of the community it is serving, because it is their firehouse. Since it is new, its history has yet to be made, but it will be made by ALL those who serve from this house not just one individual.

If this gentleman needs to be honoured for something other than 35 years of service, find another way to do it. If he is being honoured because of 35 years service, then maybe a plaque in the firehouse where he served. Seems to me we are going to need a lot of new fire stations to be able to honour everyone who has completed that many years and even more. And, how do we honour those who give their life?

sparrowmict said...

Did he rescue a nursing home from a band of rabid kittens and perish in the rescue then yes. If is a retired FF and a nice guy put up a plaque but not a station named after him. and if it just because he is well connected or the son of the mayor then heck NO

mack505 said...

I agree with the sentiments above. A plaque should be enough. What about all the other retired guys?

BUT

as this involves a politician, we need to look at ramifications for the current department. Is this guy big enough/well connected enough to harm the department if he doesn't get his wish? If denying him will hurt the current brothers, he gets his wish. I don't have to like it, but I have to do what is right for the members and the taxpayers first.

The Grumpy Dispatcher said...

I am desperately trying to figure out a plausible way to punt this decision to somewhere else, for all the reasons already stated. Call me a coward, I'm cool with it.