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.