Everyone wants to know what happened at the Semmes Volunteer Fire Department Station #1 today – the station on Wulff Road. I arrived to find three or four Sheriff’s Deputies and about twenty or so local citizens. All were just hanging out, getting reacquainted and talking of the prior activities they participated in at this very station. Most were asking the same question you have asked, “What’s going on.” The crowd continued to grow until there were probably 75 to 100 people at the station.
What is an “organization?” I ask in order that the citizens of Semmes might decide for themselves if the rights of the city-paid firemen employed by the City Of Semmes have been violated. The proper understanding of the word “organization” is important for this discussion because in last Thursday’s council meeting, Judy Hale mentioned the fact that city-paid firemen are required to be members of the Semmes Volunteer Fire Department. On the face of it, one might not take notice of that statement made “from the horse’s mouth” but it does raise the question of the legality of that requirement. If you just don’t trust what Judy says, as many do not, this requirement can be verified by asking any of the eighty or so firefighters that have perilously made their way through the entanglement of employee torture established by Judy’s authoritarian form of city government.
Another Firefighter Speaks To Semmes Citizens
The Semmes firefighters are so excited that the Fire Department is FINALLY on the right track. No citizens will be left unprotected. The Hales and the Sham of a Volunteer Board would have you believe that everything is lost. That couldn’t be further from the truth. They are shamelessly doing everything they can to slow down progress.
Semmes Firefighters Past, Present & Future
By now you have heard much discussion regarding the Semmes Firefighters. We have been discussed politically, used as a bargaining chip and most recently used to strike fear in the citizens of Semmes. Let me be clear. We will not abandon Semmes nor will we stop giving our best. We will continue to do what we have been doing for the last several years which is providing fire and medical protection.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
I was employed full time with the Semmes Fire Department from 2013 through June of this year. Semmes was my second job as I’m also a full time fireman in Mobile (Mobile is my primary employment). I quit working in Semmes due to the birth of my daughter, but also the constant stress and aggravation of seeing Judy and Tim Hale screw over so many great people and their constant manipulation of the taxpayers. You’ve covered a lot of the issues that needed to be brought to light, so I don’t know of how much assistance I’ll be, but I’m at your service for whatever you need. I’m not looking to be in the shadows and remain anonymous, I have no problem standing beside you and the other people involved in this fight. The city has needed a man of your resource and intellect for some time now. Believe me, many great people have stood up and fought against the Hales, but unfortunately, those people were employed by the city and were swiftly pushed out or fired by Judy and Tim. Thank you for all that you have done so far, it means more than you know, In a sense, you’ve given all people who stood against the Hales but were unable to make any headway, some closure in knowing that their evil and deceitful ways are being brought to the public. It makes me smile knowing Judy and Tim are sitting somewhere squirming and uncertain of their future. I live inSemmes, so I’m open to anything as far as providing you information, so just let me know. Thanks again for all you’ve done! Lee Erdmann
Early on the 19th, I replied:
Can I publish on website and FB with your name? Mr Erdmann’s Response:
Friday, August 19th, 2016
I don’t have any problem with that. I stated that I was a full time employee for the duration of my employment, but just to cover our bases, there was about a 6 month stretch where I cut back to a part time basis due to some family issues that needed taking care of. This was in the later part of 2013. Also I’m still considered a part time employee. Although, I have not worked there since I left for the birth of my daughter, I only remained on the part time list because the fire dept wanted me to. I just wanted to let you know these things so you are not surprised by anything. Thank you again for all that you have done. Editor: Ladies and gentlemen of Semmes, I am confident that Judy & Tim know their time has come. But it is up to the people now.