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Police, fire must obey laws

Editor, Ceres Courier,

So at 10:20 a.m. on Jan. 30 I'm driving down Hackett Road with a sheriff's deputy in an SUV tailgating a driver going 25 mph. Then he decides to pass her right before the stop sign at Blaker. Now my understanding is police officers have to adhere to the laws of the road and if this was an emergency his lights would be on. The deputy quickly disappeared for me to catch up with him, turning onto Crowslanding Road heading back to the office.

It's just as bad with the fire department which seems to have a fire truck at Save Mart while they are grocery shopping. One day both trucks were there! It takes just minutes between life and death. Their excuse is, "Well, we have a walkie talkie on us." What? If someone's life was on the line on my side of the freeway, it could take up to five minutes for that truck to get the guy out of the store and drive to that location compared to if the truck was at the station. And why do they joyride everyday out and about burning up fuel? Who pays for that? Oh, us taxpayers! There should be no reason for a fire truck to be used to go grocery shopping for the firehouse! Ranting over with!

Katherine Marshall

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