A Little Rock Fire Department vehicle was observed parked in a clearly marked 'no parking zone' this week on Towne Oaks Drive, next to the Rodney Parham U.S. Pizza location.
The vehicle's driver side tires had rubber chocks placed behind them and no other emergency vehicles were nearby.
|LRFD PARKED ILLEGALLY FOR A LUNCH BREAK|
|LRFD - WE PARK WHERE WE WANT, WHEN WE WANT|
So we sent a Freedom of Information request to LRFS Chief Gregory Summers to find out who or what needed to be rescued. The photos of the illegally parked truck were attached to our request.
We received this response from Chief Summers.
Based on his short and sweet response we deduced that the Search & Rescue guys were chowing down on some pizza and felt that they could park wherever the hell they wanted. After all they are firemen and don't have to follow the laws, even at lunch.
So we replied back to Chief Summers and asked if they were eating lunch instead of responding to an emergency. Chief replied that they were indeed having lunch as part of their "public relations" efforts.
Summers affirmation that his firemen were at lunch in his second email received this response from us.
We waited for a response for Chief Summers, but none was forthcoming.
It appears that Summers permits his employees to break the law. That is shameful and is actionable.
|LRFD CHIEF GREGORY SUMMERS|
After we posted the story, we received another email from Chief Summers.
Smart move Chief Summers.