EMTs Try to Save their Jobs

High costs spur towns to outsource rescue


 
 

Russell Ben-Ali | | Monday, July 21, 2008


HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Three generations of Hackensack rescue workers are inked into the underside of Michael Tompkins' forearm.

The tattoo bears the badge numbers of his grandfather, Walter Tompkins Sr., a Hackensack firefighter from 1950-1978, and his father, Walter Tompkins Jr., a fire department emergency medical technician for 26 years.

It also includes his own badge number as a fire department EMT.

But Tompkins' own mark on the family legacy could be short-lived. The city recently informed him and its seven other EMTs to look elsewhere for work.

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