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    Posted: Apr 25 2014 at 4:47pm

Posted: 4:04 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014

Fire union cites recent fatalities as concern in future layoffs

By Hannah Poturalski

Staff Writer


In light of two recent fatal fires in Middletown, the firefighters union president has said he’s concerned how impending layoffs will further curb the department’s response to structure fires.

The fire department is slated to lose 15 firefighters in mid-August in order to help reduce the city’s general fund expenditures by $2.25 million over the next two to three years, said Chris Klug, president of the IAFF Local 336.

“Response times will increase and people will wait longer to get that care from our guys,” Klug said.

Middletown fire crews have responded to two fatal fires in as many weeks.

Sheri Denise Slone, 50, died Thursday afternoon in a house fire at 2534 El Camino Drive. On April 11, Melissa Cheeseman, 32, died from her injuries following an apartment fire in the 2300 block of South Sutphin Street.

“This all as the layoff of 15 firefighters looms in the near future,” Klug said in a statement. “Even with the personnel that we had (Thursday) and the valiant efforts by crews we were still not able to save a person in need of help.”

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Klug should be FIRED for exploitingthe woman's death a day after the fire.
Neighbors heard her screaming.
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Ill-advised, untimely, unseemly, politically motivated, and disgraceful.

The politics if the fire fighters sunk to a new low. They have thermal imaging equipment, and a few at the scene were angry they didn't go in. Exploiting an individual's death is poor manners, and painful to those that mourn the loss.

Not a proud moment for the city fire union.  
'An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.' - Winston Churchill
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