Last year we covered the story of how a family lost their home, when the local fire department watched their home burn because they did not pay the $75 extra fee. Who knew that in a few months time, not only did we NOT learn our lesson, we actually trumped this story.
Police and firemen in Alameda, California watched a man drown on Monday after realizing they did not have proper certifications for water rescue, leaving them open to possible lawsuits if they attempted to save him.
The drowning victim, 53-year-old Raymond Zack, was apparently suicidal, according to a report from the scene. He waded out about 150 yards into cold waters off Crown Beach in Alameda and took about an hour to drown himself.
A crowd of about 75 gathered to watch the bizarre scene, which saw police and firemen just standing at shoreline watching helplessly. After the man had drowned, authorities couldn’t even go into the surf to retrieve the body. They instead recruited a passer-by for the job.
City officials reportedly blamed the incident on budget cuts and said they would have a discussion about why Alameda, an island city, does not have proper authorization to rescue people from the waters surrounding it.
They have since changed the policies, but will still live in shame for their actions.
I get it, Governor Walker keeps telling us we are broke. We can’t afford things like training of our public workers, etc… Besides it is not like there are actual consequences to the public for skimping on things like that. right!?!??!?!