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Mayor has failed firefighters, police

Two Buffalo Fire Department chiefs with a combined 67 years of firefighting experience spoke on behalf of all firefighters this past week. The chiefs covered everything from the lack of firefighter safety at working fires to the dismal treatment of police officers and firefighters by the Brown administration. There are still about 25 fire chiefs who could take a stand and speak for the younger firefighters. Many are afraid to be seen at protests or speak up because they are fearful of reprisals from City Hall. Division Chief Don McFeely, with 40 years on the job, stated that he has never experienced such mean-spirited treatment by any previous administration.

As was shown this past week in Boston and on 9/11 in New York, these cities love and appreciate their police officers, firefighters and first responders. Hopefully, Buffalo never experiences any natural or man-made disasters. But if it does, Buffalo’s bravest will be running into the hot zones. The mayor and his cronies won’t be seen or heard from till the smoke clears. Some things never change.

Phil Ryan

Retired Buffalo fire lieutenant

West Seneca