Could we be failing our first responders by not taking care of them?



“As we pay tribute to our first responders on this 9/11 anniversary, are we failing our local heroes?

At fire houses and medic units across the city, the men and women you call for help, need some help. The city of Detroit’s budget doesn’t cover the cost for most furniture and other basics. Things like couches, chairs, even generators.

That’s why it’s not easy to get items replaced. When Squad 6 moved into the fire house on French Road that had been closed and stripped by thieves, they were ordered to salvage used furniture from Herman Keifer, the old health department building. In July, Medic 4 on Detroit’s west side got bed bugs and the furniture medics provided themselves had to be tossed in the trash. It still hasn’t been replaced.

Without money in the city coffers to take care of our first responders, the Detroit Public Safety Foundation is trying to fill in the gaps. The non-profit works with the private sector to secure donations. If you would like to donate, you can contact the group by clicking here.

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