Firefighter's Association president Dennis Duty said the truck reflects the feelings of the local firefighters, but the city is worried people think the Phenix City Fire Department is endorsing a candidate for mayor.The fire truck does not belong to the Phenix City Fire Department and Duty wouldn't disclose the owner's name.
sees it differently.He
said only 38 fire personnel are eligible to be members, because administration and staff aren't allowed, only firefighters.There are 27 current members, he
"I have full support, 100 percent, of the firefighter's association," Duty
said the group voted to endorse mayor candidate Jeff Hardin at a meeting a few months ago.Duty was a Phenix City firefighter until he was fired last summer.He filed suit against the city for wrongful termination, saying the city fired him for speaking out against some procedures and for being the head of a union.
The city has denied the wrongful firing.Duty
said in the 2001 election he
was in favor of current council member J.W. Brannen, a mayoral candidate.But nothing changed in the fire department, Duty
said.The association's complaints include a need for more staffing and problems with some of the leadership of the department.
The fire truck is "being done by Mr. Duty
, who was terminated by the city 15 months ago.
contends the city is just upset that the union exists."There was a lot of folks very, very upset about the fire truck being out there," he