Firefighter Fiasco


Posted by Annie in Opinion on May 12, 2012

I have one question: Whose bright idea was it to hold a fundraiser in East Sonora — on a FRIDAY?

Sonora, CA

Sonora, CA

Put Your Money Where The Boot Is

May 12, 2012 06:00 pm
Tracey Peterson, MML News Reporter

Sonora, CA — If you saw a bunch of firefighters at the Junction Shopping Center Friday, don’t worry they weren’t trying to put out flames. Instead they were asking for you to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

We were in that traffic mess — thank you, firemen.

What the MyMotherLode story doesn’t say is that around 25 firefighters were crawling all over the entrance to the Junction Shopping Center on Friday – from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m…but get this, not only were the firefighters in the middle of the street, but they turned off the traffic lights. They raised $8,500 for charity by risking the lives of not only the firemen, but the drivers themselves.

There is a reason those lights were installed: because they were needed. Someone should get their head out of their arse and think about possible consequenses of their actions – before someone gets hurt. You would think firefighters would know better. Shame on you.

The worst of this isn’t even that lives were put in jeapordy for this charity, but that due to the way this was done – through the use of intervention tactics at a busy intersection on a holiday weekend – the next time most of the people who were stuck in this traffic jam think of the Muscular Dystrophe Association, their first thought will not be about making donations. This is a perfect example of how the ends do not justify the means — and pushing for those ends by abusing the system may have a short term benefit, but will ultimately harm your goal.

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