City Council lashes out at Firefighters
Tusayan Town Council makes inflammatory remarks about post 9-11 firefighters.
Tusayan, AZ is a small community located outside the entrance of the Grand Canyon. The volunteer fire department has been under attack from members of the city council (who have been paid ‘bonuses’ for their role in local business votes).
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On 7/3/11 a fire was lit at a town parade (which was deemed illegal by the council members). The council attempted to place blame for the fire on members of the fire department. An investigation has ensued and misdemeanor charges are being threatened. In reality, the fire department did not start the fire.
“The Mayor stated that the Council has instructed the Town Manager conduct an investigation into the violation of Ordinance 2010-09-08-02 on Sunday, July 3, 2011 regarding a bonfire being started during a period when extreme fire restrictions were in place that prohibited any wood fires.” From 7/6/11 City Council webpage.
On 7/21/11, approximately 50 residents of the town went to show their support at the city council meeting. After numerous residents spoke to show their support of the fire department, the supporters left.
Youtube Video of Council Being Addressed
After their departure, a council-member said the following:
“Ever since 911, people have this perception that firefighters are heroes. Everybody loves firefighters. Firefighters can do no wrong. They put out fires and they save lives. They answer medical responses. Everybody loves a firefighter. They can do no wrong. Excuse me. I’m speaking from experience. I’m a firefighter. I’ve served six years on the Tusayan Fire District for no money. I’d didn’t turn back or complain or tell people how many calls or hours I put in to declare myself a hero. Heroes are proclaimed by their peers by the deeds that they do. And they don’t need to be declared by the people who proclaim themselves as self-entitled heroes. Make no mistake, Firefighters are heroes by the deeds they do, not by the declarations of things they’ve accomplished. This is absurd, that these people march in here and say these things when they have no foundation of the information that they gathered, other than their perception of someone who eavesdropped behind a door at e-session. This is nothing but a bunch of people’s perceptions running awry. That’s what happened here.” -Council Member (Forest Service employee) Bob Blasi.
Youtube Video of Blasi comments
Republic Article of TFD Volunteer being recognized for Medal of Valor 2 days after Blasi called members self-proclaimed heros.
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