Tenn. Firefighters Watch Home Burn Down, Because Family Didn’t Pay Fee

October 4, 2010

ChattahBox US News)—This is the type of heartless compassionate conservatism that makes libertarians, such as Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul proud.The free market will protect us say libertarians. We can’t depend on the government to take care of us, they screech and shout at campaign rallies. Well, the twisted Ayn-Randian free market policies were on full display in a small town in rural Tennessee last week. Because a family didn’t pay its required $75 subscription fee for fire services, the fire department not only refused to put out the fire consuming the family’s home, but they stood by and watched it burn to the ground. Nice.

Even though the homeowner Gene Cranick, begged the firefighters to save his family home and he offered to pay the cost, the county officials and the firefighters refused to budge.The firefighters only turned on their hoses when the fire spread to a neighbor’s field who had paid the fee.

Cranick’s neighbors in Obion County were shocked and angry at the cold-hearted behavior of both the firefighters and South Fulton officials.

South Fulton’s mayor had little sympathy for the homeowners who lost their family homestead.

“Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.

Think Progress reports that the county commission board of South Fulton is filled entirely with Republicans.

“A local newspaper further pressed Mayor Crocker about the city’s policy, which has been in place since 1990. Crocker, a Republican who was elected in 2008 and serves with a county commission where every seat is also filled by a Republican, likened the policy to buying auto insurance. The paper said he told them that, after all, “if an auto owner allowed their vehicle insurance to lapse, they would not expect an insurance company to pay for an unprotected vehicle after it was wrecked.”’

Welcome to tea party America people. It’s not pretty. When you go to the polls this November, remember this story.

If the tea party Republicans have their way, this obscenity would be repeated in communities across the nation.

Watch the report by WPSD Local 6:


7 Responses to “Tenn. Firefighters Watch Home Burn Down, Because Family Didn’t Pay Fee”

  1. Ziggle on October 4th, 2010 10:06 pm

    The fire department in question is a city fire department. It puts out fires within the city limits as part of its mandate. Why would you hold them responsible for putting out fires outside the city limit for property owners who chose not to pay the fee?

    The homeowner knew that there was a fee due, and chose to take that risk. No difference between that and choosing not to buy homeowner’s insurance or collision insurance on your car. He took a risk, and found out that the result wasn’t worth it. Presumably he’ll be smarter in the future.

  2. Mark on October 4th, 2010 11:48 pm

    First I suspect this guy supports the Tea-party and generally does everything “On the cheap”. I also suspect that the man didn’t have insurance for his home because if he did the insurance company would have required him to pay the fee. The fire company is obligated to rescue people out of the burning house.
    This is like not paying your taxes. What did he think would happen if he didn’t pay the fire fee?

  3. winston on October 5th, 2010 12:07 am

    This is the type of jaded journalism that keeps people in the dark about the truth. The government today has ruin this country – we are in this position today because the “Best” Republicans and Democrats are stealing your money and causing a financial collapse while paid for hacks try and blame it on someone like Ron Paul who has been warning people this would happen for years not.

    Really lame article — get a clue.

  4. MacHead on October 5th, 2010 8:27 am

    The journalist is remiss in calling this Ayn Rand policy. First off, Rand does not advocate libertarians, calling them the hippies of the Right. Second, the government’s purpose is to protect the rights of its citizens- quite contrary to Libertarian policy.

  5. olivia on October 5th, 2010 4:19 pm

    MacHead – I think I can see why this was referred to as an “Ayn Rand” policy, as the point of Objectivism seems to be a policy of the utmost, unregulated, all-for-himself ultra-Capitalism. I think this kind of ridiculous policy applies. After all, Rand’s view was always pretty extreme, as is seen in published works.

  6. VFF on October 6th, 2010 8:46 am

    Government should never be allowed to or excused for dictating human compassion and decency by application of law.

    But, I also say SHAME ON THOSE FIREMEN (and it disgusts me to have to give them that title) for letting any county, city, state or other policy to keep them from doing what any compassionate, decent, honorable person with the proper skills and resources to hand would do and try to put out that fire and save that persons home!

    Being a Fire Fighter is a calling, not a job! If those individuals in the photo, wearing the uniforms of Fire Fighters don’t know that, they dishonor those of us in the present who know and feel the weight of that responsibility, those from the past who have sacrificed their lives in performance of their duties and those who will take our places in the future.

    You sirs and/or madams DISGUST ME and I’m ashamed to see soulless, gutless, worms like you, clothed in a uniform that for centuries has represented, Honor, Service, Self Sacrifice, and Brotherhood.

  7. xrazorwirex on October 6th, 2010 3:44 pm

    Let me get this straight. So when the government screws up it’s the fault of people who are advocating less government and the solution is to have the government become even more pervasive and powerful? It’s completely antithetical.

    Too bad people in Tennessee aren’t free to compete with the government; then somebody might have been able to put out the fire for the compensation that this family offered to pay, but since the government is a violent monopoly it’s just tough luck.

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