In Tennessee, where anything can and does happen, there is a bizarre system in many rural counties in which residents must pay a fee to benefit from fire department services. As you can imagine, the system often works against those who need it most, such as Vicky Bell of Obion County. When her home was burning, she called 911. The fire department did come but stood by while the home burned to the ground. Yes, that’s right, they watched it burn and it gets worse.
They looked on while Bell and her husband walked in and out of the burning building to retrieve their belongings. Yes, firefighters in the wonderful world of South Fulton, Tennessee, watched as a man and wife walked in and out of a burning building and did absolutely nothing about it.
You may be asking yourself, surely there is more to this story? Well, there is. The fire department services are actually free to those living within the tiny confines of South Fulton itself. However, to those not living within the city limits, there is an annual fee of $75. As you can imagine, those living in trailers like Vicky Bell often have trouble paying said fee. In those cases, you can call the fire department if you want an audience as your house burns down. Oh they will help, but only if someone is in immediate danger and that apparently does not apply to people running in and out of burning buildings to retrieve their life possessions.
What does Mayor of South Fulton David Crocker have to say about this? Apparently, he cares nothing about getting re-elected. Here is his take:
“There’s no way to go to every fire and keep up the manpower, the equipment, and just the funding for the fire department . . . After the last situation, I would hope that everybody would be well aware of the rural fire fees, this time.”
That’s right people. Pay your damn fees or we will watch your house burn down. Either that, or get the hell out of South Fulton, Tennessee and move to civilization where this type of thing does not happen.
If this makes you angry, and it will if you have a pulse, share this story to raise awareness of the dangers of using a “Pay to Spray” program as they do down there.
Update: This is not the first time this has happened in the same exact place.