02/19/04 Mayor doesn't get it!
Ed Coffey is also a great friend to have at SW Operations. Ed has the goofiest sense of humor. The first time I met him, he told me his name. I, being a big movie buff, fired off the line from The Green Mile, "Like the drink, only spelled different?" Ed picked up on it and did a really bad impersonation of Michael Clark Duncan. We both laughed. Right away, I knew he was cool. I grew to respect Ed as I worked with him, more and more.
He's never really stopped
smiling. Even when I visited him at Methodist
Central a few days after he was shot. He was
lying there in bed, dazed from drugs and wrapped in bandages and cracking jokes.
A few weeks later, I saw him at the station for
our Christmas dinner. He was telling how he had
tried to go for a drive in his truck when he hadn't regained full use of his
arms. Apparently, he
got one of the prosthetic devices caught in the turn
signal and the other caught on the gear shift. He
told me how difficult it is to use a PlayStation when
you only have use of three out of five fingers.
So think about your friends,
Sgt. Mike Flusche
and Officer Ed Coffey are heroes who
sacrificed themselves to save children. They
knowingly and willingly put their lives and the livelihood of their families on
the line to save innocence.
Has the Mayor ever publicly (or even privately) thanked these men for their sacrifice?
Instead of the thanks from a grateful city, they've been endowed with the contempt of a flippant figurehead.
The Mayor just doesn't get it. I don't know any other way to put it. She just doesn't get it. According to recent DMN articles:
The mayor said it is a fairness issue as well. "A guy who works at the waste water treatment plant is in a high risk job with heavy equipment and if (he) loses a limb out there, then I don't think that's any different than an officer who goes out and gets rear ended by a car," Laura Miller said.
The Mayor is partially right.
An injury is an injury. The
City is responsible for the well-being of its employees. The
difference being that the expectation of injury is vastly different for a
sanitation worker and a police officer or firefighter.
"I think that that is what you have sick time for - for times, whether you're a civilian or sworn employee, when you can't come to work," Mayor Laura Miller said Friday. "A guy who works out at the wastewater treatment plant is in a high-risk job with heavy equipment, and if he loses a limb out there, I don't think that's any different than an officer that gets rear-ended by a car."
At the most, Ed Coffey has 20 days of sick time.
He probably has an equal amount of vacation
time. That will last about two months. Then
In typical Dallas-style, the Mayor has resorted to the old trick of trying to use this issue to divide the civilian and sworn employees. She is trying to give the appearance of some kind of special treatment.
Do police deserve special treatment? Probably not. But does any employee deserve to be abandoned by their employer for an on-the-job injury? No.
I am embarrassed and disgusted that an outside source is stepping up and claiming these officers as family. The City should have stood behind these officers from the very beginning. They did not. Schepps Dairy has stepped in and proven once again they are a friend of the community.
"You should not have to suffer financial hardship for voluntarily putting yourselves in harm's way to save the lives of children," Mr. Schenkel wrote the officers in a letter. "All citizens owe you a debt of gratitude for the bravery you displayed last November."
Say what you will about Schepps
role in bankrolling the local felon/PRB member.
I have mixed emotions about it myself.
However, Schepps has stepped up to bat on more
than one occasion and offered rewards for information on several senseless
crimes. I would not be surprised to find Schepps
offering a reward for information on Jasmine Fisher, who has been missing from SW
Dallas since Feb 10th. They're that
kind of company.
"We have turned to our private sector over and over and over again in the last two years because of our budget problems," she said. "This is a city policy that we currently have, and if anybody wants to come in and help these officers out, I think it's terrific."
Someone comes into your house.
They look at the deplorable state of your
children. They take your children from you,
since you can't care for them on your own. That's terrific? Someone
explain it to me.
"That is an embarrassment to the city that the private sector has to step in and pick up," council member Mitchell Rasansky said after a Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday.
Rasansky has done things I've liked and hated, but he knows. He sees the Empress is a bare-assed fool. Someone should buy her a mirror.
"I think that whoever wants to put it on the agenda needs to figure out how we're going to come up with the million dollars to pay for it," she said Tuesday. "All of this is a juggling act in terms of the budget."
Hello? How about $6 million for a homeless shelter? How about her asking Congress for $72 million for a designer bridge to nowhere?
Gee, I think I can find a measly $1 million somewhere in there.
Believe it or not, there are still law enforcement agencies in this country that respect Dallas. I can still go some places and tell them I'm a Dallas Police Officer and not suffer any ridicule or chalk jokes.
I still work hard even with the knowledge that an injury will ruin me financially. I don't shy away from driving to my calls like I have a purpose. I refuse to do less. Everyday I leave work with the knowledge and a certain amount of pride that I've left the City safer than when I started my shift. Other officers will call me a fool, and tell me they won't work hard at all. That's their choice. I can't live with that.
I still take pride in putting on my uniform each day. I love this City. I love my job and my department, and I wear my badge with pride and honor.
Will someone please tell our City "leaders"
what those words mean?