I really appreciate you bringing this to my attention...I almost forgot the word "humility". As for your question of my ever having to call 911 because of a fire, that doesn't matter. See, I'm one of them; I do the job, so that gives me the right to judge one of my PEERS. As for your knowledge of several fires that week; what does that have to do with drinking and driving? If you want to go have a few after a tough day at work, you have a choice; drink at home or have a designated driver. POINT-BLANK! I'm proud to say that I have a beer every now and again and do so when I go out to dinner, but I'm also smart; I don't drink and drive. I give the keys to a friend or I call someone if I need to go home. I don't get behind the wheel drunk or buzzed. I'm cognizant enough to know the difference.
"I am just your everyday person, if I had been pulled over that same evening you would never know about it. I may be bagging your groceries every week, or serving your lunch, the community see's me daily but you could care less if I am drinking. I may even be drinking when I serve you but that is okay because I don't have a badge. REALLY!!!"
Clearly, I've struck a nerve. You're sore because I've exercised my right to comment and then you don't agree with it. Tough! You write as if you're trying to celebrate your ability to "fly-under-the-radar" from being exposed by the media because you're an "everyday person". You think that the media shouldn't be able to know who gets arrested for committing a crime? Worried about the media and the government in your business? I'm laughing at this. WWAY didn't drink and drive. Are you also one who thinks this is a private matter? He works for the local government; tax-dollars pay his salary. He responds to serious accidents where alcohol is a factor and sees the countless lives affected by drunk drivers. The scenes like these should be enough to deter people from drinking and driving but sadly it still happens everyday and night.
If you are drinking when you serve me, you have a drinking problem. As for people caring if you're drinking; I could care less until you climb behind the wheel buzzed or drunk. It doesn't matter when you're caught or have an accident and hurt or kill someone. So yeah; we do care. As a firefighter and a fire officer, he has a greater responsibility; his is to his department and his profession. Would your take on this be same if he had killed or disabled someone? No probably not; you'd be a part of the comment too....just like now.
When you take an oath of office, you accept more responsibility than can be conveyed. I really don't have to justify anything to anyone, but it's comical to read some of the posts on here saying these things about the Good Ole' Boy club and how the NCSHP is breaking them up.
Did he make a mistake? Sure. Was it preventable? Sure. Was it a willing act? Absolutely!!! Therefore it shows forethought; in other words, he was sober enough to make the decision to drive and his decision-making was poor and I'm being nice. I don't care if you've had a bad day a work; his reputation is now MUD! Not because of WWAY, but because of his actions. He's lucky. He has his life. He knows it was wrong to get behind the wheel and drive; he rolled the dice and lost. Does his behavior define and defile the trust and respect for other members of the fire department by the public? You know...Shallotte....small town...small department....everyone knows him and others who serve with him. He doesn't just have a drinking and driving problem; the town and the fire department have a P.R. problem. The impact is greater than you can comprehend. His actions hurt himself and his department; his men and women he serves with.
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