FIREFIGHTERS ENDORSE JANET OLESZEK
Public Safety Emerging As Key Issue In Braddock
Janet Oleszek is proud to announce the endorsement of the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics (Local 2068). In response she issued the following statement:
"Fairfax County Firefighters are known worldwide for their accomplishments and I am thrilled to accept their endorsement of my campaign. The next Supervisor in Braddock District must be committed to public safety- especially as we consider the budget. Supervisor Cook has voted against public safety when he has voted against Fairfax County's budget."
Oleszek also noted that during the last debate she used one of her rebuttal opportunities in response to Supervisor Cook questioning the need for a 4th firefighter on Fairfax ladder trucks. "This has been an issue the fire and rescue department has identified since a 2001 internal review. The lack of a 4th firefighter on ladder trucks creates safety issues for the other firefighters and paramedics. I was appalled that John Cook still doesn't seem to understand this".
John Niemiec, President of Local 2068 made the following statement:
"We were thrilled to endorse Janet Oleszek, who has always been a friend of public safety. Janet is exactly right on the current issues facing the fire and rescue department. Our firefighters were shocked to learn that Supervisor Cook continued to publicly attack a policy that the fire and rescue department has identified as a way to make our jobs safer. We will not stand for politicians that try to save a buck by putting our citizens or our personnel in jeopardy. Supervisor Cook's position is irresponsible and unacceptable".
There are remarkable things in that documentary. And I will discuss them.
But my focus is this - in this documentary I saw real courage, real heroism.
I do not deny the courage of those that go into combat. It is real.
But imagine just this. The first tower has come down. You see fireman walking towards the remaining tower, with hoses, and axes. And they go in. They are trying to save lives. They will lose their own.