RICHMOND, Texas - As the debate between the city of Houston and firefighters over Proposition B continues, a father of one of the cadets left in limbo spoke to FOX 26 about the impact this has had on his son, and the rest of the cadets.
“It’s very demoralizing and their self-esteem is just it’s sinking right now,” says retired Senior Captain Larry Danna, who spent 30 years with the Houston Fire Department. He tells us his son Logan was around firefighters since he was born, and spent most of his childhood involved with the Pecan Grove Fire Department out in Richmond.
Logan Danna, 28, became an EMT and wanted to join the Houston Fire Department, just like his father. Nov. 15, 2018 was supposed to be the day Logan would get sworn in with dozens of other cadets, but the mayor put a halt to that due to Proposition B.
Larry Danna tells us the family was "brokenhearted about that. It was really a shot to the stomach.“
He went to tell us what life has been like these past five months for those cadets.
"They are there from Monday through Thursday, 10 hours they’ve been doing everything from cutting grass, laying concrete, maintenance of things,“ he said.
Their pay are raises also on hold, since they they’re not considered firefighters, and now that’s at stake since all the cadets were issued notice from the city, informing them that their last day on the job will be June 7, 2019, unless a decision is reached with prop B.
“Right now, they’re paying firefighters overtime. They are paying them overtime where these firefighters, these cadets, could go into the stations and they wouldn’t have to call Lynn as much overtime. You know it’s costing the city more, and all of the money that was spent for training, for what?" Says Danna.
All that’s left now is to hope an agreement can come between the city of Houston and the firefighters union.