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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Restore Galloway Team Pledges to End Disrespect of Fire Department

(Galloway) The Restore Galloway Team of Councilman Jim McElwee, Bill Montag, Cliff Sudler and Mike Suleiman tonight pledged to end the disrespect shown to the Galloway Township Fire Departments by Mayor Don Purdy's administration.

"Despite being a volunteer position, being a firefighter in Galloway Township is one of the hardest, most time-consuming jobs around," McElwee, Montag, Sudler and Suleiman said in a joint statement. "We have the utmost respect for these brave men and women and will show them the respect they deserve on council."

McElwee, Montag, Sudler and Suleiman announced they would support adopting an ordinance recognizing the Township Fire Chief as a Township department head, reverting back to a 20 year-old unwritten practice that was abandoned by Mayor Purdy. Egg Harbor Township, which is also an all-volunteer fire department, has an ordinance officially recognizing its chief as a department head

"As a former Bayview volunteer firefighter, I know first-hand the personal and professional sacrifices these men and women make," said Council candidate Bill Montag. "We shouldn't be attacking the men and women who save us millions of dollars a year."

An all-volunteer fire department saves Galloway Township millions of dollars a year. A paid fire department cost the City of Brigantine roughly $3.3 million in 2011. Brigantine's population is roughly one-fourth the size of Galloway's.

If elected, McElwee, Montag, Sudler and Suleiman pledge to begin a dialogue with the five fire companies to create a mutually-beneficial relationship.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

This support is what Galloway Fire Department needs.

Anonymous said...

Fire Department has been through a lot including several Chiefs over the past years. It's nice to see these guys actually care about of fist responders unlike the current Manager and Mayor.

Anonymous said...

This mayor ,his council buddies, and the manager have shown nothing but disrespect for the volunteer firefighters of this township over the last several years, ever since the mayor was ask to leave a fire scene because of his grandstanding act. It's been down hill ever since. We need new councilmen that will support the job we do. I believe these guys will support us, it's time the volunteers unite and support these guys on Election Day . Hopefully a new council will bring a new manager also, then Absecon can have him full time !!

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. A new council would correct all of these problems. Everyone should Unite to Restore Galloway!

Anonymous said...

I’ve been a member of Galloway Twp. Fire department for 30 years. This has been by far the most tumultuous year I can remember. As stated, the men and woman that volunteer their time to this twp. deserve better. We’re not looking for additional money, equipment or praise just respect. Thanks for your support.

Anonymous said...

Purdy needs to go. He has no respect for the Fire Department, employees or even just people.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget about Archs forced private investigation on the departments. He should go too.

Anonymous said...

Everyone wants to dig into investigations. Can we ask Arch Liston to use his former background as a Police Chief and Law Enforcement and Investigate Don Purdy. I will be happy to march right into your office with my attorney and union representative just to help you out Arch!

Den Klein*

Anonymous said...

I think theres a BIG Lying mistake on another website saying this ticket is divided. I think they meant the republican party. Has anyone seen republican maldonado lately? Terry Lucarelli is to worried trying to find out what 4 season residents meet with Lisa Tilton. Not going to happen Terry.

4 Season Resident

Anonymous said...

As a member of the GT Fire Dept. I am happy to see support from this group of guys. It is about time someone stood up for the Fire Department.

Publisher said...

4 Seasons Resident: It is my understanding what your referring on one of the comments made were not "interview" style answers. They were comments lifted from Facebook feed chats and construed into a story as if an actual interview was being conducted. Perhaps maybe misleading others to believe there was a story. But I can see your perception of the article.

Anonymous said...

The article says "conversation" not "interview". The site is not a news site it's political commentary. Maybe your should learn the difference and get your facts straight.

Publisher said...

I said it wasn't an interview if you read my comment correctly. I think I understood it to be a Facebook conversation where perhaps the person didn't know who they were talking to.

Anonymous said...

As a Fire Fighter in another town it makes it easier when your town backs the work you do. It's a shame Galloway has turned into a war zone of politics. Maybe with this group of guys they can get back on track.

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