Saturday Ramblings – Politics Before People

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As you all know, Mayor Tyler is speeding towards a city-owned EMS.  Yes, if you haven’t yet heard, he is doing everything in his power to destroy a well-oiled County EMS service.  Why?  Of course, we know why.  Politics before people.

You may be thinking, “No way would Mayor Tyler even consider putting the citizens in danger.  He loves this great city per all of his public speeches.”  Would he destroy DCEMS because of politics?  Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

Immediately after Tyler lost his mayoral bid in 2003, he and his pal, Phil Nichols, were right back to the political games.  In a 2004 editorial “Lack of proper plan for fires scandalous”  the editorial board was referencing a letter two  Democrat County Commissioners authored,  The editorial states:

On Dec. 31, Stonebraker and St. Myer signed a letter to the city-county 911 dispatch center, ordering that Center Township trucks not be dispatched on emergency runs within the Muncie city limits. “(Some old-timers will remember) .

Stonebreaker, according to the editorial, said it wasn’t political at all.  Never mind they did everything in their power to make Republican Dick Shirey’s life miserable.   Definitely not political. (ROLLING EYES)

The editorial continued:

To deny political implications of the letter is to ignore the fact that chief architects of local Democratic policy are current party chairman Dennis Tyler and immediate past chairman Phil Nichols , both Muncie Fire Department officers. Their fingerprints are all over the letter, and they appear to have done little to discourage the animosity that exists between Muncie and Center Township fire departments.

Further evidence of political or government leaders being irresponsible is the report of five instances last fall when the Center Township department was not notified of 911 calls within its own territory. 

Take note, MP Readers:

Shirey, Crouch and other local officials have said they believed the best dispatching procedure would be to send the emergency response order to the department that is closest to the emergency as well as to the department with official jurisdiction.

That would best guard the safety of citizens and their property. Anything short of that devalues human life and is a dereliction of duty.

Dual-response is recognized policy in well-organized fire districts across the country. Firefighting experts, consulted last year by The Star Press, agreed that dual-response is a must for Muncie and Delaware County.

‘It’s not rocket science,” said one of the experts.

Everywhere, that is, except Muncie.

Source: Lack of proper plan for fires scandalous Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) – Sunday, January 25, 2004 Author/Byline: StaffSection: EditorialPage: 2D

So, if you think for one moment Mayor Tyler is all about keeping you safe and that his EMS service will be top-notch, dear friends, think again.  Tyler campaigned in ’03 and one of the big issues people had with him, among many,  was Phil Nichols.  Tyler hasn’t changed since then.  The difference between then and now it was much easier to hide his involvement prior to being mayor.  Not so much today.

To be continued…

 

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