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Column on Fatal SW Philly Fire is Spot On!!

Philadelphia Daily News Columnist, Stu Bykofsky column on the multiple fatal fire in Southwest Philly last weekend hits the nail right on the head.  His opinion on the angry Southwest Philly residents is similar to many first responders.

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Here are some excerpts from his column.

The understandable grief and anger of friends and family doesn’t justify blindly lashing out at people who are not at fault.

Some residents were animated by a rumor that it took firefighters 30 minutes to arrive. Eyewitnesses and logs demonstrate that is untrue. The entire block would have been incinerated had the delay been that long.

Even after the city had released 9-1-1 logs and calls, some nitwits clung to the false rumors like cherished family photos.

Firefighters didn’t stop for a beer on their way to Gesner Street. The ladder company rolled almost immediately; the engine company was a few blocks away fighting a car fire. Another engine arrived within the limits set by the National Fire Protection Association.

This is very true.

Firefighters “all carry emotional scars because of fatalities,” Schulle said, “especially when it’s kids because you see their faces in your kids’ faces.”

Losing those lives takes firefighters’ “emotional distress to another level,” he told me.

Yes, Stu. People are idiots and want to blame others for their actions.

Are we so deeply invested in a culture of victimization that people are blinded to facts?

Are people so ill-educated they have no idea about how to assemble and process information?

Is this a reflection of the growing chasm between government and the governed?

Are we turning into a city of idiots?

The statement below says in all!!!

One thing I do know: This wasn’t spontaneous combustion. Some community resident probably had a hand in starting that fire, accidentally or not, in the sofa.

It wasn’t the men of Ladder 4 and Engine 40.

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On Twitter: @StuBykofsky

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  • problemsolver1atatime

    I originally shared this a day after all the chaos started. Found it cool…Pretty close to Stu’s sentiments. So glad his story was published. The misdirected focuse needs to reach that community!
    July 8, 2014 – People are upset, it comes out of the grieving process…I get it. People want to blame someone else for their own failures, inadequacies or mistakes…I get it. But don’t blame the people who gave their all to help! The retaliation of lying …in front of fire trucks, preventing a response to another emergency was sickening and a down-right dangerous tragedy in the making for every other person in the community. People are fighting the wrong battle here! Two wrongs never make something right! The neighborhood folks have acted very irresponsibly. You must be out of your mind to say that these firemen don’t care about the people in the neighborhood. A real factor is this tragedy is that when you are witness to any emergency; crimes in progress, medical emergencies or fires, the ‘seconds feel like minutes’ perception is a very, very real concept! Having been in Emergency Service for 30+ years, I’ve been on both sides of phenomenon. Desperate while waiting for help to arrive, AND also desperate to get to the scene fast to try to save people caught in disastrous situations. It’s an extremely helpless and frustrating feeling with long term effects. The statements and outcries of 30 minute response times are totally inaccurate, backed by facts, like the mayor has stated. They did not just ‘eventually show up’ and start roasting marshmallows nor take their time to fight the fire. Once accurate info was received, those brave souls arrived within minutes and did everything they possibly could while facing incredibly difficult conditions. Thank God the city and community leaders are backing the fire fighters. I pray that they can restore order and perceptions throughout that neighborhood. The focus must shift back onto the real issues: Remembrance and proper mourning for those little angels who lost their lives. Reaching out, providing the community with smoke alarms, knowledge of fire prevention, awareness and safety. And last, but most importantly, provide care, attention and support for the family and all those directly affected by this tragedy…especially the firefighters who are truly devastated and will suffer for a long time with the anguish of lives lost to the wrath of fire! God Bless!

  • Sugardaddy6969

    I would have thought all these residents, especially those who lost children and property, would be up in arms against the person or persons responsible for causing the fire. I guess when your ignorant, you place blame in the direction of what will payoff. I’m glad they see this tragedy as a way to try to cash in on the backs of those who tried their best to help you and your kids. That’s real gratitude for ya! NOT!

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