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.
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.
On Twitter: @StuBykofsky