Law enforcement agencies across the country have received a lot of negative press this year and just like most published news, the bad press far outweighs the positive. Negative press flavors the atmosphere our law enforcement personnel work in with a foul stench. Fortunately, yes fortunately, thousands upon thousands of ethical and conscientious law enforcement personnel contine to go to work every day in the stench. They are there for us. Facebook is loaded with questions and comments such as “Would You Come To The Aid Of Your Local Law Enforcement.”
Early this morning Semmes Fire Rescue, with backup from Mobile Fire Department, greeted an onslaught of 140 children, 77+ accompanying family members, kindergarten teachers and numerous support personnel. All converged on the Semmes Fire Training Center to view a fire-fighting demonstration by their local fire-fighting heros and participate in a little hands-on training with fire-fighting equipment. The 200+ group were on a field trip scheduled by ABC Kindergarten, a learning preschool and kindergarten in Semmes Alabama. Children and adults alike learned about fire safety and got to explore fire vehicles and equipment. Semmes Sparky mingled with the kids while other firefighters donned full rescue gear (boots, gloves, goggles, helmet, hood, etc.) while wide-eyed children watched with curious eyes.
The City Of Semmes seems to have considerably more than its fair share of political puzzles to solve. Case in point is the surprise request by Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson asking Mayor David Baker of Semmes to rescue her, since she indicated she could not provide support for the Semmes Library. The word obtained by Talk Of Semmes from informed sources is that Semmes City Hall went into intense behind-the-scenes efforts to obtain expert counsel about the library situation. With that information in hand, and upon legal advice, Mayor Baker addressed the Mobile County Commissioners with a written communication. Mayor Baker’s reply is published below in its entirety – please read the response for yourself and see if you agree that the mayor has made an attempt to explain to Commissioner Hudson where the responsibility for survival of the library lies.
Yesterday evening I received a text message with several photos attached. The photos, according to the sender, are those of another child beat up at Semmes Middle School – not bullied… beat up. I have yet to confirm the origin of the photos and have not yet talked with the parents so the photos will not be published until permission is given. I can say that this child will be black and blue this morning.
at Honor Park in Semmes Alabama
“A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE”
Another Letter to The Editor
“In Grateful Appreciation to “Rat” and Elaine Dearmon for Their Many Years of Selfless Service with the Semmes Volunteer Fire Department Serving and Protecting the Citizens of Semmes”
It can be a humbling experience witnessing ordinary citizens banding together for their community to set right an injustice….and humbling it was last night in Semmes as I looked around at the faces of the men gathered outside of the Semmes Volunteer Fire Station No. 1 on Wulff road. It was very clear from the mood among these gentlemen that they were determined to liberate these stations last night not only to safe guard the citizens of Semmes but, to honor the memory of a family and a man that they had looked up to in this community when they were just young boys. I had been asked to be there by Mr. Mickey Dearmon in order to provide photographic documentation of the conditions of the stations and any equipment that was found inside. Called into service again by their ex-chief, Mickey Dearmon, these men rallied to his side after Mr. Dearmon worked tirelessly to obtain court documents granting him as acting SVFD Fire Chief, the power to seize both Fire Station No. 1 and Fire Station No.
Dear Ms Singleton,
Let me take the opportunity to respond to your concerns. Your fire and rescue services never changed. Although our former mayor, Judy Hale, her husband, Tim Hale, and the SVFD board tried their best to jeopardize the safety of our community and place blame on the new administration, all of their actions were anticipated and planned for. Regardless of what all were led to believe, your fire and rescue services – for at least the last three years – were furnished by city-paid employees using equipment largely funded by the City Of Semmes. This one fact alone invalidates the claim the services were “volunteer.”