On May 29, Liberty Township accepted the resignation of a firefighter-paramedic after six-plus years serving the community.

To the Editor:

On May 29, Liberty Township accepted the resignation of a firefighter-paramedic after six-plus years serving the community.

During his tenure, he was recognized several times, including as Paramedic of the Year and for developing a pen-pal program in conjunction with the Olentangy Local School District to reach out to the youngest residents. Included in his resume are a bachelor's degree and numerous certifications that the fire department will no longer benefit from and the loss of investment dollars maintaining his numerous skill sets.

This firefighter cited the cause of his resignation to be the politically motivated attacks on the fire department by Trustee Melanie Leneghan. Additionally, on Dec. 8, 2011, a blog titled "Topix -- Melanie Leneghan incoming Liberty Township trustee already controversial" was created. Since that time, more than 1,100 entries have been entered. In the blog are anonymous posts attacking innocent firefighter-paramedics, calling them names such as "chaff" and "lampreys." If you were subject to this type of attack, what would you do if you had the opportunity?

Maslow's Hierarchy of Need shows that just above the biological needs of food, water and sleep, a sense of security (employment, family and health) is required for someone to provide a work ethic that all employers want. Furthermore, firefighters, police officers and others who put their lives on the line every day -- and yes, Liberty Township's firefighters do this for us residents -- need this security more so, for the fact is, they never know if they will return to their families.

On June 9, this newspaper stated a firefighter will be called back due to this loss. That is simply not true. The fire department's funding can have only 41 total employees. Prior to this resignation, the number was 42, so no one is coming back from layoff.

The true fallout from this situation will not be seen by the average citizen. The true, innate desires of the firefighters are to provide an exceptional service to their community, so when you call 911, they will be there. However, each time the alarm sounds, they respond with fewer personnel and skill sets each time someone decides to leave for greater, more secure opportunities.

As a resident, I want a department that is extraordinary, not a department that is considered no-frills.

Julie Losee