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The “got-chas” keep on coming

The Scrutiny Never Stops

About 600 members are attending the International Association of Firefighters Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference in Washington DC this week.

Part of the agenda this afternoon was "Fighting Back and the State and Federal Level"

Today, Carl Campanile of the New York Post has an "exclusive" article about a what a disabled city firefighter is up to:

‘Disabled’ FDNYer with $95K pension now a NASCAR rescuer

Cliff Stabner, a 55-year-old city firefighter who retired in 2003 with a three-quarter disability pension of $95,000 annually, has surfaced as a member of the fire rescue team responding to crashes at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.

photo by Lou Angeli used with permission

The Post has obtained photos of Stabner wearing an orange jumpsuit and a helmet and standing next to a rescue vehicle at Dover’s “Monster Mile’’ track.

Stabner also is a fire captain in his quaint new hometown of Lewes, Del.

Real and imagined issues

Like take-home cars (Miami-Dade, Fairfax), and on-duty shopping at a grocery store (Boston), almost every task or situation is subject to scrutiny and instant analysis.

It is not just fire, last month the Sun-Sentinel completed a three-month investigation on speeding police cruisers in Florida:

The Sun Sentinel uncovered the answers by digging into the officers' toll records. The findings:

  • 793 transponders assigned to police agencies from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach counties showed evidence of speeding — and habitual speeding by some officers.
  • One out of five police cars hit speeds above 90 mph.
  • Total high-speed incidents: 5,100 in a 13-month period.
  • Most of the high speeds — 96 percent — were between 90 and 110 mph.

Cops among Florida's worst speeders, Sun Sentinel investigation finds

Municipal life in the digital age.

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward


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