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    This is the same clown that has appeared here before under different names. That is why he has only a handful of entries. He tried suing the City of Norwalk becuase he wasn't hired (you have to be able to communicate clearly amongst other things). The case has been thrown out, so now he has FIRED his lawer, taken the case on his own (would love to listen to him talk to the judge) and has decided to sue everyone in the state (I'm not kidding. He is suing over 50 people including the governor [past and present], the attorney general, chiefs of multiple towns, congressman, senators, and anyone else he can think of.). I will try to get the exact list. If you read the forum below, from April 7th, titled Cheating Scandal Rocks Conn. Fire Academy (he's also suing everyone who works there) you will see that it is the same person and that they do have the same writing style and comprehention of the English Lang. It was posted by Laserjet 5, another name with only a handfull of enteries. Nice try, but the fact that you can't write gave you away. You don't work in Norwalk, and the Hour Newspaper doesn't follow this story anymore because its over. You did not have a case, they threw it out. You lost. YOU'VE BEEN CAUGHT. Read the attached forum below to see the similarities. Giving a phone number to call and complain. I'm sure that all the terrorists are caught and the FBI has nothing better to do than do the hiring for Bridgeport. Try again under a different name, this time have someone proof read it. You are one in the same. Your and Idiot.
    For someone who's "NOT" involved in suing the City of Norwalk or the State of CT, you sure had alot to say??????????????????


    Cheating scandal rocks Connecticut State Fire Academy, Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control, City of Norwalk Fire Department, Stamford Volunteer Company Belltown.


    . Connecticut Fire Academy and Local Stamford CT Volunteers Companyís have been training 17 years old candidates and letting them receive there Firefighter I certification for last seven years. This is very big violation of State of Connecticut State regulation and Connecticut Labor Occupation codes.


    .State of Connecticut statue clearly states you must be 18 years old years before you can take both Practical and Written exam for Firefighter I in the State OF Connecticut.

    . City of Norwalk Fire Department and Connecticut Fire Academy have been letting local citizens receiving State of Connecticut Firefighter I certification though a fake Fire Company named Hope Hose Company. City of Norwalk Fire Department is an all Paid Fire Department and Hope Hose Company was never part of Volunteer Companys that shut down about 50 years ago.

    . State of Connecticut statue clearly states you must be part of Active Fire Company in State of Connecticut to receive your State of Connecticut Firefighter I certification. Hope Hose Company is sure not an active Fire Company in City of Norwalk or Connecticut itís a fake company.

    .A complaint was file with State of Connecticut Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette and Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control. But Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette and State of Connecticut Fire Commissioners will not investigation this matter because one of 17 years old that received his Firefighter I certification his father happens to be Deputy Chief of the City of Stamford Fire Department and happens to be very close friends with Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette and State of Connecticut Fire Commissioners. All of the people that received there training legally all work for City of Norwalk Fire Department and the President of Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control is also President of State of Connecticut IAFF.


    If Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control revoke the cheaters Firefighter I certification they will lose there jobs with City of Norwalk. And this will make President of Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control and President of State of Connecticut IAFF look real bad.

    .All Firefighting certifications and Rules should be followed and there should be no special treatment given to people who known people in high place. There should be an even playing field when receiving State of Connecticut certification.

    . State of Connecticut Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette and Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control have made State of Connecticut Fire Service look like a big joke with this scandal and by not enforcing there own rules. A big Shame on you State of Connecticut Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette , Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control for letting down the State Connecticut Firefighters.


    .Now with Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control not enforcing there own rules opens door for people who failed any parts of State Of Connecticut Fire certifications. If the guys who received certifications legally donít follow rules why do you? You have right to appeal any test you failed though Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control and you should get your State Of Connecticut Fire certifications granted to you right of way. You have rights too.



    Again a big shame on you Connecticut State Fire Academy, Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control, City of Norwalk Fire Department, Stamford Volunteer Company Belltown , State of Connecticut Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette for disgracing State of Connecticut Fire Service.


    If you are outrage Connecticut Firefighter like me please voice you opinion By calling Connecticut Commission OF Fire prevention and Control and State of Connecticut Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette at Phone -860-627-6363 or Fax 860-654-1889.


    If you need any information please Email me @ masona300@yahoo.com



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    Wow - that has to be the same guy if only because no two people would have the same type of disruptive rhythym in their writing.

    Well - I guess now we all will be sued.
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    I just received good news from my lawyerís office.150 White Male Candidate just sent in there attorneys fees. Great news see you guy later. Good luck CTJAKE I hope you guys in Norwalk donít lose your job. Bye Bye .Just for you CTJAKE I am not suing the City of Norwalk think again. That somebody else sorry not me so bye bye.

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    Bye Bye .Just for you CTJAKE I am not suing the City of Norwalk think again. That somebody else sorry not me so bye bye.
    Okay - now this is too much. I can't laugh.
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    Originally posted by petjack77
    I just received good news from my lawyerís office.150 White Male Candidate just sent in there attorneys fees. Great news see you guy later. Good luck CTJAKE I hope you guys in Norwalk donít lose your job. Bye Bye .Just for you CTJAKE I am not suing the City of Norwalk think again. That somebody else sorry not me so bye bye.
    Huked on fonics werked for mee

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    Looking back I apologize. Calling you an idiot was an insult to all idiots.

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    In one of that writers earliers threads I also pointed out his inability to communicate in a reasonable, sound and intelligent fashion. I made a fatal error of including a few mis-spelled words and was called on it, its ok, I have thick skin. I am not sure if he is looking for sympathy or just does not have a clue. By the way, there is still at least 1 case pending that deals with the most current BFD entrance exam, maybe more.

    My opinion only

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    Call me crazy, but....if I had a hard time getting a job - or for that matter even getting into fire school, or graduating from fire school - I would think that a better course of action would be to study a little harder, work out a little more, or do whatever it took to be the best - Not suing everybody under the sun in the entire state. I imagine that would be the quickest way to ensure that I never got a job in that field.

    Just my 2 cents...
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    This guy is an idiot, and thats obvious. I feel like an idiot for evan posting in this a few times. From reading the last few posts, I gather that his intentions are to stir up trouble: hence the multiple screen names My personal belief is that this guy just wants to see his topic at the top of the fourms page and is happy with that and that alone, wheather or not its a good one or not. I am done posting and listening to this un-edu-ma-cated man speak. He has nothing worth while to say.

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    Default What about Norwalk?

    What is the situation in Norwalk? I have been looking through online press stories but can find little information.
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    I have read these comments for years about what goes on in Bridgeport Fire Dept. and what has been done wrong to whoever the "victim" of that particular comment is. First of all, when you comment with such clarity you probably would want to be as close to the situation as possible. Well, I am an African-American firefighter with BFD (going on 6 years), know Earl King well (same high school, same neighborhood), proud member of The Firebird Society of Bpt., member of IAFF Local 834, and also know of the inconsistencies of the Civil Service process. Lastly, I don't ask for favors or handouts, do my job as best I can, and appreciate the real "friends" that I have met on BFD (black, white, hispanic, male or female), and for everyone else continue to have the hates: it only affects you.
    The person who created this thread is as disillusioned as they can possibly be. They say what Bridgeport can and can't do; people who live it knows that there is the right way, the wrong way, and the Bpt. way. You say the City can't change the test midway (whatever...). After my written exam, I was one of the top scorers on the test (I believe that we had over 4,000 test takers and I was tied for 7th - no residency points). There was supposed to be a physical, and after that an entrance medical exam. Well, Bridgeport adds an oral exam that was never posted on the announcement. After this portion, I dropped to where I eventually came on with the last set of hires on my list. The reason that this is funny is that I always do well in oral interviews; I got hired by a Fortune 500 company off the strength of the interview at the age of 16 (and they knew that I knew nothing about software engineering). So, don't tell me what Bridgeport doesn't do. They also don't follow the charter to the "t", don't give timely promotional exams, and a slew of other things. With that being said, I still love my dept. and the city that I was born in and hate when people just run their mouth recklessly about either. The only way to affect change is to come together, but this is not on everyone's agenda. If you are a member of this dept., then you know that lawsuits are a way of life in BFD (entrance exams, promotional exams, harrasment, etc.). I could have sued like many people who took my entrance exam, but I chose not to. I don't blame people for my shortcomings, it just inspires me to work harder.
    As an African-American, I also am still amazed that many of you writers of comments are so sure that all minorities walk around asking "boss, could ya' please gimme sum of ya crumbs and I'se be so happy". Come of that please and understand that this is not a world that you can throw out your generalities and blanket everyone. Like I said, not evryone is going around looking for handouts - a fair shake is different. A lot of these "minorities" that you generalize about are so far past you (i.e. education, employment, net worth, etc.); oh, you are probably talking about the ones that get stereotyped on the evening news robbing liquor stores. I am a proud member of BFD, a proud member of Local 834, and a proud member of the Firebird Society. According to the comments that I read, none of these make me a sh*tbag except the last one. If any of you history buffs want to jump in feel free: there was/and is a need for organizations like this. When African-Americans first got on the job do you think that it was a walk in the park? Hell no. By the way we have a charter that can be read by anyone that states what we do. And if you label me a person that is bad because I am a member of an organization that ultimately looks out for its members and gives back to my community, then you can go to hell. Being a member of 834 doesn't it offer me something sort of similar. A lot of folks have issues with certain members of the organization and can not hide it. As with every organization, even if you disagree with anything and it passes a vote that is the end. A resolution may pass and you may hate it, but it made the vote. So don't get your personal problems so mixed up that you are shooting buckshot everywhere. My organization has been a fixture in the community for years and will continue to grow and thrive.
    The hot topic is Earl King Jr. Do you know him? Do you even care to when you can write your thoughts behind the safety of your screen name? You say all these reasons that there should not be felons on the job. Well, I don't know if BFD wants to go around pulling files open because for the most part the bad apples have weeded themselves out. This is a hot topic because of all the press it got (Russel and Adrian Peeler, shootings, etc.); this is not atypical of what was going on in Bpt. during the period when crack was king. You can see Bridgeport from the places you are from or from the middle of the neighborhood (Alex and Davenport St. - East End). The perspective is completely different. I am not shocked and apalled by stuff that we saw going on everyday. I make no excuses for Earl King Jr., but I also believe that a person can change. In Bpt., if you are a sh*tbag you will be exposed. There are also people who can appreciate the fact that this is one of the best things that ever happened to them and then run with it. Do we all live in glass houses with rocks in our hands. I can probably go through all of your departments, friends' lists, and family trees and find things that were done that would floor you. But you would say, John of Jane is not like that anymore. You would even say that I would personally vouch for them. It is easy to judge someone that you don't know. He sold drugs and everything else that you add to it is only meant to dramatize. The gang that everyone talks of was a group of guys selling drugs (not the Crips and Bloods). This is Bridgeport, not Los Angeles.
    This is my humble attempt to shed some light on the topic that you guys seem to love to talk about. Lawsuits will always happen, someone will always have been done wrong, people will always have the hates, and someone will always be seen as being helped to where they are. In conclusion, stop writing these comments like there is some race war going on. "Whites join the lawsuit", "Blacks let's mount up"; come on and sound intelligent. Take the time that you spew hate and write and get some textbooks and read them. Get monthly fire publications, talk to the veterans, and be humble. Then when you know that you have studied as much as you can, you can apply that knowledge and excel. The day is gone that you will get a job because of your father or uncle's name, or because you are a particualr race. Also remember that you can always move to Bpt. to take advantage of the residency points, or is that not an option. Are you one that could work here but not live here? The residency points have always been skewed as only helping minorities, but the actually help all residents (if you are white, and you live here, you will get some of these controversial points too). You seem very smart at compiling ranks of other people, but not at the test. Maybe it isn't the system that messed you up, but in fact you just did not do well.

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    P.S. I will never hide behind a screen name and scream like a giant, but in your face have nothing to say. As my friends on the job know, whatever I say I can and will stand behind (in the forum, on the apparatus floor, or in the kitchen). It doesn't make you wrong because you have different opinions; however, it does when you can't respect other people and their opinions. Hope to hear from you all soon...

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    I can probably go through all of your departments, friends' lists, and family trees and find things that were done that would floor you.
    and that's not a generalization?
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    Darrien


    I had to stop reading at Chapter two...

    What you seem to be saying is that people are misinformed and ill advised to comment on something with which they have no direct knowledge? Is that a fair assumption?

    Further you state that "people" on here seem to give "minorities" the short shaft. You don't want handouts but just a fair shake like the rest of America.

    Okay. The guy who orignally posted this thread was hounded by the people on here. It seems most of us saw through him like a cheap shower curtain. So where exactly is your beef? Maybe it was later in the post and I missed it.
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    My beef is that I am so tired of people that speak about my department, but are not close enough to the situation to know all of the dynamics. I also used several statements sarcastically to point out the stupidity of generalizations. I also added my personal e-mail address so that anyone who would like to reach me can. As with America as a whole, people are all to ready to sue and to blame others for their situation. I hope that whoever gets on the job actually appreciates it. Just finished hangin' out on the apparatus floor of Engine 6 - Central Avenue (12:20 am) with a white chief's aide and lieutenant, and a puerto rican firefighter. We talked and laughed our sides off. What was cool was that we were just being plain old firefighters, even more just some plain old guys shooting the sh*t. That's how we do it...
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    Darrien,
    I have read this entire thread and I certainly appreciate you coming on board and at least trying to explain the situation and shed some light on this. After reading your response, I gather that you are a proud firefighter who is proud of the department. Damn glad to see some of that these days.

    PetJack77,
    Get a clue. The village called and reported you missing months ago. After reading this entire thread and making some attempt to decode your posts, you have an axe to grind with something or somebody. Your attempt to come out on a public forum and rally sympathy for your "cause" has failed. My time will now be spent interacting with real brothers and sisters with real issues. Good day to you sir.

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    Thumbs up bptfireslayer

    Hats off to ya.....

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    Just finished hangin' out on the apparatus floor of Engine 6 - Central Avenue (12:20 am) with a white chief's aide and lieutenant, and a puerto rican firefighter. We talked and laughed our sides off.
    That is not something to be lauded for or receive congratulations. That is what the brotherhood is for - to see your brother firefighters as brothers.

    Like I stated earlier in my post - the mutt who first posted was pretty much taken out by many of us because he is a mutt.

    People will likely not comment on the guy you mentioned who was the center of whatever controversy erupted. Some won't say anything because it involves race while others just don't care. As for me - no one deserves anything because of their race or gender. That time has come and gone. If you can pass the tests, do the job, and are willing to do the job - have at it. A fair shake-yeah. Special treatment-no.

    My best to you and the brothers of Bridgeport
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    Hey Darrien,

    I am one of your brothers in Bridgeport, I appreciate your candid commenst. Again many people in here loose sight of the fact that we all have the right to offer and explain our particular view points, we are not saying that anybody else needs to agree, I respect and like communicating with people who are free thinkers, thank you brother.

    I came on in the first class almost 9 years ago and have had the opportunity to work with some fine people on our great job. I have taken full advantage of the opportunity given to me, regardless of the issues Bridgeport endures.

    I have also had the opportunity to serve our union on the E-Board for over 6 years and have done my very best to protect the rights of all members. I have had to endure very personal and hateful attacks by members of our department, because as you mention, people tend to generalize rather than take a look under the covers.

    I have my opinions regarding the character people need to have to be given the honor to be a firefighter, in the end, my opinions do not matter, I am not the guy who is given the task of judging other peoples character. I will say that when certain acts are described as "youthful indiscretions" I must laugh, as I feel that ounce you reach the age of 18 you clearly understand the difference between right and wrong, actually I strongly feel that you know the difference at a much earlier age, just giving the benefit of the doubt.

    I love this job and always will, I love the challenges, the excitement, the professionalism and yes the relationships I have forged and continue to foster.
    maybe someday Bridgeport will get it right, but until then I will continue to perform my duties as I have, with total professionalism and integrity. I have not ever been on the same shift as you Darrien, but I have always heard nothing but great things about you, you have always been courteous to me and I for one very much appreciate that.

    I do not hide behind a screen name either, actually was the first person to use his real name on "Signal 29". Thank you for your comments, thank you for having an open mind and thank you for being the professional that you are. Stay safe brother.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Do you want a murderer, rapist or someone convicted as a robber being hired by your department? Would you feel safe with them in your fire house and would you sleep well at night at the house? What if this person had killed a firefighter or police officer, would you want them on the job?

    We do not hire anyone that has been convicted as a felon. Period!



    Well what about me. I havent been convicted yet, but I will for a felony possession of concertrated cannibis. I had appointments set for me to get a medical marijuana card, but I got pulled over 6 days before and was arrested. 5 days later I was prescribed it for a year 6. I got a letter from the The District attorney saying that im not being charged. I thought I was good to go untill I got the letter saying that they reopened my case. Now a medical patient, before being charged with a feloney, but will be convicted most likely because I wasn't prescribed when I was arrested. I cant be hiried as a firefighter? What do you think?

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    If felons want to fight fires I don't see any harm in them bettering their lives by helping to save others. More companies need to open doors for felons. They are constantly being treated worse than illegal immigrants when they are United States citizens. They were born on our soil and if they can be molded into moral, law abiding ,upstanding citizens then we should not turn our back on our own people. People constantly say find a second chance somewhere else, corporate, government and most small businesses. Felons need to survive in this world. And once we realize this and provide forgiveness the world can reduce it's crime rate and be a lot better place.
    I understand it is the instinct of the United States to pick a particular class of people and discriminate and make them sit at the back of the bus.
    we need to let go of these type of beliefs and realize that somebodies past ethical choices isn't an excuse for us to make ethical mistakes when it comes to felons. Felons have children" felons have family and they need to eat too.

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