Imagine if you will, your house catches on fire. You call 9/11 to report the fire and you are told that the local fire department is not going to respond. You keep calling and continually told that the fire department is not going to respond. You ask why and are told that you did not pay the $75 per year fee for fire protection.
You are completely flummoxed so you go outside and get garden hoses to attempt to put the fire out, but the fire has already gotten so out of hand that the hoses are not doing a thing.
Imagine then, that the fire then spreads to an adjacent property and that property owner calls the 9/11 and the fire department does come out (because this property owner did pay the fee) to put out the fire in the field but simply stand by and watch your house burn to the ground. You go to the fire chief and tell him that you will pay whatever it is you have to get that fire put out. You are told that it is too late for that.
The fire department eventually leaves the scene with the house still burning. Your house burns down.
This is not something you have to imagine because it actually happened. Gene Cranick of Obion County, Tennessee is the victim to this crime of human nature. There's plenty of blame to go around on this one; Mr. Cranick could have simply paid his fees from the beginning, the fire department could have put the fire out anyways, the city could have not charged people from the beginning to get a fire put out. In the end though, the whole thing is a debacle.
The man I look at is the fire chief of the South Fulton Fire Department. It takes a special man to sit there and watch someone's house burning down and do nothing. Not only that when questioned on why he would not take the $75 at the scene and then go ahead and put the fire out, he called the police and then directed the fire department to leave.
I hope this man can sleep at night for this decision. I do not see how he can.