A Crusader’s View – 10.05.10
Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 10:15 am
By: Jeremy Thayer, Guest Columnist
“America on the wrong highway”
Hello once again, as I write to you this week, my mind is a complete torrent of emotion. I am livid. I am furious, mad and downright angry. Yet at the same time my eyes are filled with tears of great sadness.
I sit here in my rocker recliner musing upon this thought at a late hour with my family fast asleep. If tragedy would strike (God Forbid it) at this late hour, would there be those who would help out of mutual brotherhood and kindness for their fellow man or would the air be filled with mockery or laughter at the sight of great need?
I was shattered beyond belief by the story of someone I don’t even know. On Sept. 29 it was reported on WPSD, as well as other stations that in Obion County, firefighters sat back and watched Gene and Paulette Cranick’s house burn to the ground, because they didn’t pay a $75 fee in advance.
I made mention of their names because, I actually see the true value of human life.
According to the WPSD news report, “They called 9-1-1 several times, and initially the South Fulton Fire Department would not come. The Cranicks told 9-1-1 they would pay firefighters, whatever the cost, to stop the fire before it spread to their house. It was only when a neighbor’s field caught fire, a neighbor who had paid the county fire service fee, and then the department responded. Gene Cranick asked the fire chief to make an exception and save his home, the chief wouldn’t.
Meanwhile, the Cranick home continued to burn.
We asked the mayor of South Fulton if the chief could have made an exception.
“Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.”
Obviously, in the eyes of South Fulton’s mayor and a few firefighters; a man’s entire life is allegedly worth about $75 bucks.
There are those who want to tout this fee as “the same as car insurance.” I beg to differ. If you are about to wreck your car, is there someone standing by with a giant shock absorber ready to stop it from crashing if you give him some cash? And when you wreck your car does it take months if not years to build or find another? And if you “total” your “sweet ride”, is the trunk filled with irreplaceable things such as pictures, heirlooms, and most of all…vivid memories. NO! NO! NO!
Of a truth, people were standing by with the means to stop this horror from happening and they did NOTHING! The Cranick’s field was on fire, then the shed, and finally after about an hour…The house. They could have doused the flames in a matter of moments and did nothing! An entire family’s heritage wiped out because of the alleged, seemingly tyrannical and avaricious rule of a City Mayor and an unmoving, hardened Fire Chief.
If these revenues were such a dire and needed thing, why didn’t they do like other counties? First, do their job and then send a bill for double or even triple the cost of the yearly fee.
A home would be saved, a homeowner would be thankful, and the city would get profit to boot!
In closing of this longer than usual column, I hear of horrible stories like this one every day, however usually not so close to home.
America is suffering from the greatest moral decay that it has ever experienced throughout its history. I believe so strongly that we as a nation as a whole, as well as elected people in power like Mayor David Crocker need to repent and turn back to God before, like civilizations of old we become enslaved by our own wickedness and covetousness.
Nowadays $75 can’t buy much but it might be just enough to destroy a family and lose a soul.
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