DEAR EDITOR:

We need to do more than just call our first responders than call them heroes. We need support them the way they have delivered for us. We need to put up before they shut down. We are seriously short changing our firefighters in Cobb County Firefighters.

Right now they receive sick leave for shifts missed during a 14-day cycle commencing at the initial diagnosis of COVID-19 virus. It is a one-time only coverage. If they are unable to return to work after 14 days or they get the virus again they must use their regular sick pay or vacation. If a firefighter is on a “crew” with someone who contracts the virus they must take the time off and use their 14-day cycle. If this firefighter contracts the virus later on, regular sick or vacation time must be used. And, due to a state regulation, these guys are not eligible for workman’s compensation during their time off, so once sick and vacation time is exhausted, they go without pay.

Is this any way to treat our first responders? We have a broken process and we need to fix it before it “fixes” us.

Harold Itkin

Marietta

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