Mistakes we keep making 
Public Safety
Timely and responsibly meeting the medical and basic living expenses of firefighters who are determined to be disabled after being injured in the Line of Duty, is not just a legal obligation but a moral one. An injury such as the one that firefighters suffer, that leaves them disabled, should not result in medical conditions worsened by delay and denial of necessary benefits, nor should it leave the firefighter, or their family, financially destitute and emotionally battered. Those entrusted with maintaining the medical files related to injuries suffered in the performance of a firefighter's duties have a clear responsibility to do so, as provided for in the Baltimore City Code. In no way should the failure of officials within the City of Baltimore to properly maintain and submit the complete medical files of injured members to investigatory authorities create obstacles bound to worsen the physical and financial conditions of members of the department who have suffered debilitating injuries. Instead of carrying out these duties consistent with their legal and moral obligations, the Office of the Baltimore City Solicitor, legal counsel for the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, routinely and improperly chooses to forward legally inconsistent arguments, withhold relevant evidence that they have in their possession, and fabricate evidence that they don't have, to unlawfully obtain a ruling from the courts that is favorable to them, so the wrongful denial of what is ultimately the City of Baltimore's obligation to the members of the Fire & Police Employees Retirement System could continue. The lack of responsible oversight allows the Baltimore City Solicitor’s long standing pattern and practice of disability discrimination to continue at their will. In the following sections, I am going to show you how they do it. This should be of interest to all firefighters and police.
I don't know about you but I can tell this truck was involved in an accident before. They should be ashamed...Our fire fighters, paramedics, and police officers routinely perform their duties under extremely adverse conditions wherein they risk their lives not in an effort to become wealthy, they do it out of the need to answer the call to service and they do a job that most people don't want to, or just can't. They do an exceptional service for us all that goes largely unappreciated until they are needed. Anybody who has ever called the fire department because their house was on fire or for a paramedic because of a medical emergency can attest to their professionalism. Our public safety objectives must reflect that commitment and dedication to the citizens of Maryland.

I know firsthand that the Fire Department provides an amazing service and we need to keep the departments fully funded, restore salary increases that were negotiated in past contracts but abandoned in recent ones, and maintain pensions at the levels that were promised to them. That goes for all employees but I specifically mention it here because members do their jobs at all hours of the day and night, on holidays, and at other times when their jobs require that they be there. They sacrifice time spent with family to do a job that is more than that to them, it is their calling. It is done in the freezing cold and in the heat of summer for extended periods of time. It is only fitting that they get paid and appropriately. All departments need leadership that is on their side. The fire department should be led by a Chief that is chosen from the rank and file and it should be merit based. This is an agency that cannot afford to relax the standards to permit a less qualified candidate to lead it. This should reflect absolutely no disrespect to the current Chief of the Fire Department, as I have not had any dealings with him whatsoever.

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Eighty seven percent of the citizens in Baltimore City look favorably on the department, according to data recently released by the Mayor and it is, by far, the agency most trusted by the public at a time where that trust seems to be in question in virtually every aspect of government services. Complaints of criminal misconduct being committed by our elected and appointed officials are increasingly being reported, however, what is being brought to light is but a mere glimpse into the extensive role corruption plays in the operations of the City of Baltimore. The reason for its pervasiveness is the fact that very little oversight exists to control City agencies and when the discretion to exercise it is undertaken, it consistently lacks the fundamental elements required under even the minimum of accepted “best practices” standards for conducting investigations. Then, the opportunity to provide any meaningful reform in changing the public’s perception of those under-performing agencies that could result is largely missed. Investigations require more than just a phone call to any agency that is under scrutiny, in following up on a complaint to ascertain the facts, it must require more than just a cursory review. Evidence and testimony should be presented on the record, the appropriate weight of that evidence should be given full consideration, and a rational basis for any decision rendered by a finder of the fact that sets forth their legal conclusions must be submitted in writing. Simply put, the City of Baltimore falls short of observing the constitutional rights of its citizens and their employees, as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Division of Civil Rights found in their recent investigation into the unconstitutional pattern and practice of the Baltimore City Police Department.