Community Shows Up To Support Princeton Fire Territory

After hearing a station could be closed down, Princeton Territory firefighters band together. The territory's board members say it was just an idea, but the public took it seriously.
After hearing a station could be closed down, Princeton Territory firefighters band together.

The territory's board members say it was just an idea, but the public took it seriously.

The board is made up of five members, and tonight, they faced nearly a hundred people.

The union says even the idea of closing station two, is wrong.

They say it would affect the people the station protects, the coal mine, Toyota, and the list goes on.

"We're not going to go quietly if they try to close that station," says Brian Richardt.

The Princeton Fire Territory gathers for it's monthly meeting, but this time they draw in a packed house.

"We were told that there was a plan in the proposed budget, that they were going to close station two," says Richardt.

Union President Brian Richardt says, he heard the rumor that the board might close station two. He asked everyone from firefighters, their families, and the public to attend in protest.

Trustee, Brad Schmitt, says it was just an idea.

"It's not something that we ever made any kind of motion, other than just talk of ways that we can cut a budget, or keep a budget down," says Brad Schmitt.

"I don't care if you are going to do it, or if you are just talking about it. They need to know," says Richardt.

The public speaks their opinion.

"I thank god for each and everyone one of these firefighters. You can't put a dollar on a life. It's only by the grace of god that my son is still standing here," says a citizen.

"Since I am on the City Council, if it does come across my desk, I will be voting to keep that station open," says Princeton City Council member Jan Ballard

At times emotions escalate

"I wish that this whole city, and county, that these guys and women take care of, knew exactly what was going on behind closed doors," says a citizen.

Some even stormed out.

"I've got to go outside," says a citizen.

Board members say tonight's meeting was supposed to have been strictly about the upcoming year's budget, but they were happy to hear public feedback.

"It's excellent to see this support for the firefighters tonight," says Schmitt.

Union members say closing station two would affect more than the budget, it would affect lives.

"They say that they are listening to you, and that they understand, you just don't understand," says Richardt.

The next Princeton Fire Territory meeting will be September 15th.


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