In response to articles by The Gazette about the Clinton Fire Department, I just want to say they appear one sided. John Rindfleisch was a very good chief and had the support of his firefighters. He was forced out because of problems with the Clinton Fire District Board. If it was for something else, then people should know.

Fire board members refused to answer or couldn't answer even simple questions. If ever anything were wrong, they placed the blame on John. One so-called big problem was expired gear. Yes, this was an issue, but it was being dealt with. The board forced the issue, and now there is gear, which is fitted to each firefighter and can't be used because those firefighters are no longer on the department.

Yes, the ranks are thin now because of the resignations of some experienced firefighters, but that's because of no one fixing the problems with the fire board. Problems have been going on for months (at least seven that I know of), and nothing was done.

Chief Gene Wright is a fine chief, and I hope he gets things on track. I've known him for a long time and have a lot of respect for him, as I did for John and the other firefighters who left Clinton Fire Department. I just hope the boards give him the backing the department and Wright need.

JEFFREY GUSTAFSON

Clinton

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