- - Thursday, January 16, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am a proud retired D.C. firefighter who is tired of the almost daily attempts by the administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe to destroy the D.C. fire department, once considered the finest fire department in the country (“Buck stops with Chief Ellerbe,” Letters, Dec. 13).

The brave men and women of the D.C. fire department have been charged with protecting the most important city in the world. But over the past few years, inept leadership and obvious agendas have not only tarnished the department, they have jeopardized the safety of D.C. residents. I’m constantly scratching my head, wondering how this can be allowed to happen. This is our nation’s capital, after all.

Obviously, the current city administration has given Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy L. Lanier its blessings to use a wrecking ball on this once-proud and historic department.

Yet I would bet the first time a senator’s or congressman’s personal safety is compromised, heads will roll, and quick change will come.

RON DANNER
Tampa, Fla.

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