John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
In this day of budget cuts, many politicians want to eliminate fire department positions. Do you realize that the firemen are our first line of defense in any disaster, accident, fire or other emergency conditions. These firemen are a team. They are like family to each other. Their leaders are like mother hens keeping track of every fireman at a disaster scene, making sure that none are in harm's way. These firemen serve in conditions that could kill them at any time. The fire department has every fireman trained as an emergency medical technician to help save people lives. They work with great dignity in any emergency. What good does it do to have one fireman in one truck to fight a fire? It takes a team effort to accomplish this. How many times have they come to accident scenes, pulled people from burning or crushed cars, provided emergency medical assistance as needed all with great dignity. Do the politicians want the Keystone Cops, or men who serve with great kindness to their fellow citizens? We need a full fire department to protect us in time of need. These firemen are professionals who are not afraid of danger. Please keep our fire departments intact and honor these people who save our lives. There is no insult to women firemen. It is just easier to name the job rather than the gender of these people. If you would have an accident or a heart attack, who would you call first: a politician or a fireman? You know what the answer is. The more firemen that we have, then the more lives saved in our area. Please call your local politicians and support the fire department in their request to keep their units intact. Some day they may save your life.