Nine minutes too long to wait if there's a fire

Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 9:48 am Updated: Jul. 1, 2014 1:15 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

I am opposed to the brownout of our fire station at 24th and Cedar. I am speaking from experience. Several years ago a total stranger set our garage on fire. A few minutes before this happened, the fire truck at 24th and Cedar was called to another fire. It took nine minutes for the fire department from the Central Station to arrive at our fire. Our garage and two cars that were in it were destroyed. Even though we were covered by insurance, we never totally financially recovered from this devastating fire.

Granted, the fire department at 24th and Cedar was on another call, but I hate to think what would happen if a fire occurred in this neighborhood and no one was manning 24th and Cedar. Nine minutes is an eternity to wait when someone's property is on fire.

We need this fire station on Cedar and all of the stations open at all times.

I would like to know how our property taxes are being spent exactly. First, the garbage stickers are raised and now our fire services are being cut. What is next?

Cynthia Holman