It may not be the biggest story in the news, but – as Ed Schultz – it’s the one that pushing my hot button today.
A story out of rural Tennessee about firefighters who responded to a call for a house fire.
Sure enough, when they arrived, the house was engulfed with flames. Desperately trying to save their house and belongings, the owners breathed a sigh of relief when they saw county firemen arrive on the scene.
But all their hopes were dashed, unbelievably so, when firefighters reminded them they had forgotten to pay their annual $75 charge for fire protection – and, therefore, there was legally nothing firefighters could do.
So, the cold-hearted firemen merely stood by, sipping their Slurpies, and watched their house burn to the ground – while ready to protect a dues-paying neighbor’s house, if necessary.
What an outrage. And what an incredible story of government employees more concerned with stupid rules than common sense and decency.
There’s nothing wrong with asking county residents to help pay the extra costs associated with providing police or fire protection. But, surely, when there’s an emergency, you save lives and property first – and ask questions later.
That’s my parting shot for today.