Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
September 27, 2007
If you need help from the Lee County Fire Department, you might not get what you need, but you will get what you pay for. The Department is woefully under funded and short-staffed. Unfortunately, it took a fatal fire to get the attention of the people who control the purse strings.
Twelve-year-old Tony Long was trapped in his burning home. The first firefighters on the scene did all they could to rescue him, but they needed more help. The National Fire Protection Association says every fire truck should have a crew of at least four firefighters, but every Lee County truck only has two.
That means at any given time, no more than eight firefighters are on duty spread throughout the whole county.
County Commissioners had a chance to hire more firefighters this year, but they cut three jobs from the proposed budget. It's part of a dangerous pattern. Even though Lee County is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, county services and staff aren't growing at all because County Commissioners are too scared or too stubborn to look voters in the eye and tell them the cold, hard truth. In order to deliver necessary services, fill vital vacant county jobs, and properly handle continued growth, the county is going to have to raise taxes.
When cutting jobs and services puts lives in danger, it's no longer an option.
After that fatal fire, the fire chief went to commissioners and told them he's got to have more manpower. He did the right thing, now it's time for county leaders to do the right thing too and pay for the protection the citizens of Lee County deserve and should demand, even if it costs them a little more.