Art pointed out an article that was in the Honolulu Star Advertiser yesterday morning. It's about a firefighter who refused to respond to last month's Arizona shooting leaving so many people dead and dying. Mark Ekstrum's unit is supposed to be specially trained to respond to handle large medical emergencies, but was dispatched 90 minutes after the shooting because they had to find a replacement for him. He refused to go because he apparently didn't like Gifford's political views.
I was completely thunderstruck. Are you kidding? They were going to discipline him but since he was already a 28 year veteran, he just retired before his superiors could do anything.
My son was a firefighter in New Mexico for 2 years before he returned to university full-time. I can just imagine how he and his firefighter friends must be feeling right now. It just boggles your mind.
There are stupid people in every profession. I'm glad this guy is no longer in a place to do any more harm.
POSTSCRIPT 1: I just called my son and talked to him about the incident. He was puzzled to hear about a crew that was specially trained to do this kind of emergency because he says they are all trained to handle emergencies. He's sure that there would have been many fire stations responding to this emergency and it wouldn't have all been left up to Ekstrum's fire station. He suggested I do more research on this. I did and found this one from CBS. This story is really firing up the web right now. I'm actually feeling rather sorry for Mr. Ekstrum. One moment's stupidity has just ruined his life.
POSTSCRIPT 2: Here's another link that Art found on Yahoo news from the Arizona Daily Star. I don't know what to think. As I recall... our son said when the bell rang, they jumped into their boots and had to be out the door in 60 seconds or something like that. I didn't think that would give you time to philosophize over the situation.