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My father was a fire fighter for many years and most of the "Good Old Boys" you are referring to are respected members of our community as they should be. I don't think these respected men would air out any dirty laundry in a public forum like this. I guess that shows why they are in charge and not you.
Well, that last comment says it all! "Air out dirty laundry".....guess damn what. If you have dirty laundry you'd better damn well bet I want to know about it. I PAY YOUR SALARY. IF YOUR PAYCHECK COMES FROM TAX MONEY YOU ANSWER TO ME. You do not get to keep secrets, have dirty drawers, or any other similar thing. My husband spent 30 years working for the US Government. We had to live above reproach, if my kids acted out in school, we answered to a commander. You want to take someone to task for "airing dirty laundry"....that is pretty damn bold. I will bend over backwards to support both our Law Enforcement Personnel and our Firemen and women but I stop that support when I feel like I'm being bent forward and right now I see my toes too clearly. Another bit of advice....well known does not always equate to being well respected. If any of the members on the fire department have done any of these alleged acts they certainly will not have my respect.
I've followed this post since it started and have been struggling with what to say. I have friends on both sides of this issue and I am extremely disappointed that this post has been allowed to be turned into a mud-slinging contest by so many users. At this point I do not think anything positive will come from the continued posting of accusations or the sharing of "insider" information. The whole situation does not put a very good light on the fine members of the Bedford Township Fire Department. My suggestion would be that the township board appoint a fire commission, separate and independent from the fire department, to oversee and review the operations and finances of the fire department. The commission could report their findings to the township board, and the board would decide what action, if any, should be taken. My wish for 2014 is that the fire department can heal any inner strife and continue to be respected for their service to the residents of Bedford Township.