Should firefighters from the local volunteer fire department duty crew be on the roof of the mayor’s home removing shingles with the fire trucks parked out front? That’s the question in Pine Hill, New Jersey after that exact scenario took place on April 6, Good Friday.
WCAU-TV put an investigative reporter on the case after neighbors sent in cell phone pictures. The cameras were rolling when the neighbors confronted Mayor Christopher Green ten days later.
Mayor Green contends he did nothing wrong and that the firefighters were there to help his son who is a junior member of the department.
“They drove the fire truck down to my house, so that if they got a call, they could go to the call,” said Mayor Green.
“What if they fell off your roof and couldn’t go to a call?” asked one resident during the meeting. “How are you going to explain that? Who was going to pay for them if they fell off your roof?”
“I would have paid for them,” answered Mayor Green. “When individual members ask for assistance they help each other.”
“Regarding sending the apparatus with a full duty crew so that the truck will be at the ready, I feel I made the right decision and I’d make the same decision tomorrow,” said Pine Hill Fire Chief John Greer.
An internal investigation done by the city’s personnel director (also a former mayor) found that Mayor Green did nothing wrong. The chief, who was one of those helping out on the roof, says he is thinking of quitting because the department has become a “political football” in this episode.
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