"I think my resignation was the only way to avoid bloodshed." - EduardShevardnadze
The Fire Starter has repeatedly written regarding Chief Stephen Hrustich's incompetence. His unwillingness to ensure proper staffing has led directly to the deaths of at least three citizens. His technical incompetence has led directly to career ending injuries to at least one fire fighter. His petty vindictiveness has caused him to lie under oath in an attempt to punish a detractor. His neglect of his responsibilities caused him drive recklessly with children in his official vehicle and subsequently smash into a citizen from behind due to his inattentiveness.
Hrustich was hired to "manage" two separate fire departments. In theory, in return for his princely salary, he would spend a minimum of 20 hours per week at each department. However, a review of time records reveals that Hrustich frequently claimed to be at one department or the other while he was at neither. Frequently, Hrustich is gone for weeks at a time while submitting false time cards to the Villages of Johnson City and Endicott.
So one has to ask oneself, what does it take to get fired as fire chief in these villages? While Hrustich has abused the public trust and placed lives in danger, elected officials have looked the other way and allowed this fiasco to continue. There seems no limit to the cowardice of public officials. Absent some personal affront to these elected officials, Hrustich will be allowed to continue to kill.
We have previously posited that Hrustich is soulless. We have no doubt this is true. No one who possesses a soul could literally walk over the bodies of the dead and the careers of his fellow fire fighters simply to make a buck. The level of his amorality is staggering.
But in the likely futile hope that there is a glimmer of morality still residing in Hrustich, we make this plea. Resign.
Resign before more more are injured.
Resign before more fire fighters with superior knowledge and talent leave.
Resign before more die.