Gary to lay off 15 emergency first responders on New Year’s Eve

The Gary City Council has voted to layoff 15 emergency first responders in order to save money.

The cuts were approved by a vote of 6-2 during a special meeting Friday night.   Effective Monday at midnight, 15 EMT’s and firefighters will be out of a job.   Some of those employees have worked for the city for more than thirty years.

After the cuts take effect, the city will have 35 firefighters who will be cross-trained as EMT’s.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the cuts put the city between “a rock and a hard place”.  In addition to the cuts, six vacancies will not be filled.

 

 

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2 comments

  • Roger

    I used to work in Gary… had to call for a ambulance once for a collegue, it took them 30 minutes to show up. I don't how they will manage now sad.

  • bobanmebrudder

    What a shame Gary has to lay off the first responders to save money. Isn't their another way to get the money and they can keep their jobs? I only hope they have a good retirement to help during the future years. God bless them for their service to the city.

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