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

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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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