Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Righting A Wrong ...

John Ritter, Greece Police Dept.

I just learned that the petition to award the Medal of Freedom to the four Webster firefighters does NOT include the name of the Greece police officer, John Ritter, who reportedly saved an untold number of lives of additional firefighters during the shooting on Christmas Eve. For some reason, his name is on a separate petition that has under 400 signatures, while the petition for the firefighters is at almost the halfway mark. How is this reasonable, fair or in line with the concept of "brotherhood" that we just heard so much about during the past week?

While I don't normally get involved with such petitions, this separation via petition appears to be a blatant attempt to diminish the role of Ritter, an individual who apparently wasn't carrying the right badge that fateful day. I encourage you to sign this petition, especially if you signed the other one. It's only fair.

PETITION ~~  To award the Medal of Freedom to Officer Jon* Ritter of the Greece Police Department for saving multiple lives in Webster.
     
* The petition contains the incorrect spelling of his name!
  

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to these firefighters, unfortunately they don't fit the criteria to receive the Medal of Freedom. Look it up.

SCATS said...

To 10:08PM ~~ I tend to agree with you about them not meeting the criteria. However, that doesn't mean any of them should be omitted from an attempt to get the award. Either they were all "heroes" or none of them were "heroes." There's no middle-ground here.

Anonymous said...

His legal name is Jonathan so "Jon" should be the correct spelling of the shortened form.
I couldn't get beyond "sign this petition" when I got to the site. It went nowhere. Any ideas? Do we have to register?
Thanks for the link. It's a good idea but he should not be separated from the others. You are right. He saved countless lives.

SCATS said...

To 8:49AM~~ Right above the area for signing in it says: "A whitehouse.gov account is required to sign Petitions." That's followed by a link titled: "Why?" So yes, you need an account to sign the petition.

Anonymous said...

It's surprising how many people I've talked to that think if the petition gets 25,000 signatures, these guys will be awarded a medal. Not at all true.

SCATS said...

To 11:32AM ~~ It just goes to show that either people fail to read things in their entirety, or they don't comprehend what they've read. It happens on here all of the time. People "assume" they know, when clearly they don't.

Anonymous said...

I heard that someone called Channel 10 and explained to them that these firefighters do not meet the criteria for the Medal of Freedom. He was told (in so many words), "We'd rather not report on that aspect of the story because it would be an 'unpopular' stand to take."

Will any of our media report the truth?

SCATS said...

To 3:01PM ~~ I read that on CL awhile ago. I doubt that the media would risk PO'ing the FD unions. You know how it is when you try to go against "the brotherhood."

Isn't that how the mafia used to be referred to years ago?

Anonymous said...

Can anyone explain why they don't meet the requirement, and what the requirement is?

Anonymous said...

I have several police and firefighters in my family. All agree that these individuals while heroes they do not meet the requirements for the Medal of Freedom. I don't often agree with Lonsberry but today he suggested we forget the medal and help the families of these heroes. The injured will need many months of therapy and the families of the deceased firefighters will have bills to pay, minus one salary. while tragic and shocking police and firefighters die every day in our country. For most of them the life of service to others is a calling, it is what they do. Maybe our energies would be better spent figuring out how to prevent this from happening again.

Anonymous said...

scats, I honestly don't know what to do to prevent the next mass murder. I have written to my congressperson asking for stronger gun legislation banning private ownership of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. If there were a nearby "Stop the Next Mass Murder Committee," I would be at the next meeting.

Can you please suggest a few practical steps we can all take to improve the situation?

In the meantime, is it OK for me to feel good that I donated a few bucks to the West Webster Fire Department to help the families of the slain firefighters?

(Go ahead and rip me to pieces now.)

SCATS said...

To 7:09PM ~~ According to Wikipedia: "It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

AND ... " ... from 1996 to 2011 the average annual incidence of award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom was approximately 1 per every 20,500,000 adult U.S. citizens (so on an annualized per capita basis 240 Medals of Freedom have been awarded per one Presidential Medal of Freedom)."

SCATS said...

To 7:21PM ~~ I agree that it is unlikely that this award would be given to these men. It just doesn't seem to fit. I'm wondering ... do cops and firemen typically carry life insurance, given the risks of their jobs? Or is it too expensive because of the inherent risks?

As for prevention, I'd suggest that anyone who hammers grandma to death be sentenced without the possibility of parole. But, hey, common sense isn't very common these days.

Anonymous said...

You may think they won get the award--but stranger things have happened including the re-election of Obama and the Klein fundraiser.

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that you are not making a big deal about the girl who bought the guns for this maniac. She did it with him present. She texted a MC Sheriff deputy admitting to it. And she's from Greece. She knew exactly what she was doing. And there is another arrest coming for the 3rd gun.

SCATS said...

To 2:58PM ~~ What "big deal" shall I make? Until just before she was arrested, none of us knew anything about her. IMHO, it's a bigger deal that a murderer can hammer his grandma to death and get out of jail, ever.

Anonymous said...

yep, police and firefighters do usually have life insurance and there is also a death benefit and volunteers are included in that. Of course, it never totals the amount that would have been earned if the person were alive and working for 20 plus years.

Anonymous said...

Can we get an AWARD for the DA who dealt the original Homicide down to Manslaughter too?

Cops worked that case damn hard to get the arrest made, and the DA slid it across the desk as Manslaughter.
At least the Judge MAXED the slug off to Attica.

How about another AWARD for Mario the Magnificent who decluttered the prisons and set the wheels in motion to get this vermin back on the streets so he could kill again?

Lets put some responsibility on the people in expensive suits who saved taxpayer money by closing Mental Hospitals.

Anonymous said...

Do they not fall under significant public endeavors? If they do not, let the White House decide not local media.

SCATS said...

To 3:33PM ~~ I'm not sure that anyone has insurance capable of doing that. That's not the purpose of life insurance. It's to provide a safety net, usually for an interim period of time.

To 3:41PM ~~ Points well made.

To 4PM ~~ The White House will decide either way. It will be a travesty if the 4 get the award and Ritter doesn't.