I was interested in Rebecca Ramey’s letter in The Examiner on March 20 (“Police need to show better attitude”). My experience, also.

To the editor:


I was interested in Rebecca Ramey’s letter in The Examiner on March 20 (“Police need to show better attitude”). My experience, also.


Last summer while my wife and were having lunch at McDonald’s on U.S. 24, a motorcycle policeman stopped for lunch. He parked his motorcycle not in a regular parking space. He is privileged, you know. Came in, stopped with hands on hips and looked us all over like we were criminals. Then strutted up and loudly gave his order. He made sure everyone there knew he was there and that he was important.


While driving north on Missouri 291 just south of the U.S. 24 exit, I was following an SUV with lettering saying it was “Fire Chief.” It stopped in our right lane so suddenly I had to hit my brakes hard, and in the process I hit the horn. A uniformed, self-important firefighter came back to my car after finally turning on his red warning lights and said, “What the hell is the matter with you.” I said there was nothing the matter with me, but he was blocking a lane of traffic. He said, “Didn’t I see those kids walking beside the road.” They were young adults in their 20s at least and that they were not close enough to the road to be a hazard.


He then wanted to know if I wanted to call the “cops?” I said no, I didn’t think it was warranted. By that time the young adults had walked into the restaurant on the east side and the “fire chief” walked back to his vehicle mumbling about stupid something. I did not catch it all.


It has changed my attitude about the Independence Fire Department if this is an example of those in authority in the department.