Do the math – give the firefighters their pension

Dear Editor,
In regards to

Your View, The City can’t afford firefighters request,

maybe you should use a little common sense ! Just how many
recruits/ new firefighters'( or for that matter cops), will the
city get that will be 20 years old when they start? They would be
lucky to be 30!
Dear Editor,

In regards to “Your View, The City can’t afford firefighters request,” maybe you should use a little common sense ! Just how many recruits/ new firefighters'( or for that matter cops), will the city get that will be 20 years old when they start? They would be lucky to be 30!

If you do the math on this, they would be 60 years old before they could retire, and there is no way you would want a 60-year-old firefighter or cop on the “streets.” Any that are over 50 are usually “administrative” or being overcautious just to make it to full retirement after what you take for granted! Just because they weren’t politicians, doctors, lawyers or company executives, doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to retire with good benefits.

When a new firefighter or cop starts work, they are there for the challenge the profession projects. After 20 years it becomes a “job” and most still care about the dedication, but the benefits begin to “show” and they have earned them!

Most people only deal with one skill and the knowledge of it but firefighters must be proficient in many. Firefighters and law enforcement officers are exposed to more dangerous and decision making situations on a daily basis than any profession. The average person could not go through the life that a firefighter or cop does. Most could not go through one day in the life of a firefighter or cop, let alone 30 years. Shame on the person/ persons that wrote this “Opinion,” the City Council and anyone that feels that firefighters and cops do not deserve a retirement worthy of what they have given YOU !

Zack Snyder, Gilroy

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