Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies in House Fire

Full story: WJW Fox 8 Cleveland

A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga Heights Fire Department tells Fox 8 News that a Wednesday morning house fire claimed the life of an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman.
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Tracy Meyer

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R.I.P. Grandma Patty
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Misinformation. Mr. Malek retired YEARS AGO!
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well so much for safety in Cuyahoga Heights, right Jack Bacci??? Maybe now we will see some changes made to make funds available for safety forces....such as a part-time Mayor and 3 council people instead fo 6 and even a cut in their pay to make it work, or how about actually getting out and selling the Village for businesses to come in!!! So happy to have moved out that "Bubble"
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Well this is what happens when you lay off alomost your entire fire department because of budget cuts.... Hopefully this tragedy will help get the voters to recall their fire dept to full staff...
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How sad. My Prayers to the family.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family.
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First I would like to send my prayers out to the Ezzo family, she was a wonderful woman! I have had the pleasure of knowing her for many many years. I saw our fire department (3 men) show up to the fire they did a wonderful job BUT as told to the mayor they would need AT LEAST 4 firefighters to go in to do a search! He said that we would just have to count on Mutal Aid. They are not in our town they are MILES away!!!! Shame Shame Shame on the mayor and the council for letting the mayor put Cuyahoga Heights residents in jepordy! I am not saying that the out come would have been the same BUT they could of gotten into the house quicker if they would have had the proper amount of firefighters!!! The mayor who hires a full time payroll clerk (which could of been sub contracted out) say that our safety forces will not be affected by these layoffs! I think now the residents of Cuyahoga Heights should go together and RECALL Mayor Jack Bacci. The safety of our village is at stake here! He refuses to listen to the fire departments proposals and refuses to negotiate the contracts. It shows that he does not care about the safety of this town. He takes away from us but does he give up anything the ansewer is NO.
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I think that in addition to our mayor we should also hold our council members who vote for these cuts responsible for the lack of protection we receive.
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Rest in Peace Aunt Patty.
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Our condolensces to Patty's family. She was a wonderful woman and long time employee of Cuyahoga Heights. This is a prime example of what happens when you play politics with your safety forces. The fire dept. has just this year been decimated from 27 men to 9. And this is considered safe? How many fireman staff a fire house in Cleveland at any one time? And Cuyahoga Heights has only 2 or 3? Yet the Village just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a commercial building and empty land behind the service department. Where does the Mayor and Council's priorities lie? With the safety of the Village residents or with funding their pet projects? Where is the media in Cleveland with the real investigation behind this tragedy?
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Condolences to the family. It's sad that the firefighters union will probably use this to try and get the public to buy their propaganda that the village is not safe. I really feel bad for the mayor and council who are forced to explain economics and why cuts are necessary to an uneducated populace.
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First you have police officers driving the ambulance to help out the two firemen on duty while they cared for a heart attack victim, and now you have the police officers using garden hoses to put out a fire. Is that what's meant by mutual aid? Or, do we need to staff the fire house appropriately?
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Tim wrote:
Condolences to the family. It's sad that the firefighters union will probably use this to try and get the public to buy their propaganda that the village is not safe. I really feel bad for the mayor and council who are forced to explain economics and why cuts are necessary to an uneducated populace.
ARE YOUR SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS SOMEONES LIFE it is not the firefighters union who cut the number of people in the station at one time. They did there job what happend is sad. Now you think that were are uneducated! Think before you SPEAK!!!! I am sorry Ezzo family that this person is worried about what the firefighters union is going to say in the wake of your loss be ashamed of your self TIM!!!

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And... Given the last 4 comments...

Queue up angry family members ->
Tim

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Unreal, you clearly did not read my response or understand it. Anytime someone passes away, it's sad. It's even sadder when it happens in an event like this. I did not say anything to take away from that or the seriousness of it.

What I was saying is, and you are already seeing it in many of the comments on this board, are people are blaming the layoffs for this happening. We don't know what really happened or all the details. People are already saying if we would have had the 6 firefighters a shift, it would've been different. How do we know that? It's irresponsible to say that just as it would be irresponsible for me to say it wouldn't have been different.

The challenge with Cuyahoga Heights is that too many people that live in the village have skin in the game. Either they worked for the village or have family members that worked for the village. It's hard for them to look at things objectively. The fact was tax revenue was down and the village had to make cuts in all areas. No matter if we like it or not, it had to happen. Simple economics. You can't let emotions deny that fact. People want a robust fire department and Cadillac village services but you can't afford it anymore. There just isn't the tax base to support it anymore.

We can get into the blame game of past and current administrations, but that does no good. We're in a new time with a new economy and new challenges. The village had to change. I understand change is difficult when things have been one way for so long, but at least try to be objective. Compare it to your own world. If you start to make less money at your job, I'm sure you'll cut back at home in areas. That's basically what the village did.

No one wants anyone to lose their job and it's terrible that it had to happen, but the fact is it had to happen. Otherwise the village would have been in fiscal emergency and then we'd really be in a mess.
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Yes, your logic is half right. It's necessary to cut back when you're income is reduced, as long as your spending cuts leave your safety forces adequately staffed and you don't spend frivously in other areas when you are trying to cut back. Spending on non-essentials can be done at a later time when money is available, not now. For instance, now is not the time to be buying property that we can't afford, this was not the time to be building welcome walls, and this was not the time to be adding street signs. And this is certainly not the time for the Mayor to get a raise when everyone else is taking cuts. We do not know how things would have turned out last night if there were more firemen. However, 2-3 fireman working a shift is not safe!!! Leadership begins at the top and leaders lead by example.
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I just want to point out Tim that the mayor and council did not attemp to lower the salaries of the employees! The point of Collective Bargaining is to come to agreement not just on raises but concession also! THE MAYOR DID NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT CONCESSIONS!!!!!!!!!! He felt we had to big of a fire department! Now we have firefighters not getting there kelly days and not getting vacation and at the end of the year the village will pay all the firefighters there vacations out! So TIM YOU ARE A MORON! Know the facts before you open your mouth! Unreal was right!
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Tim, it is ok to cut the labor side down in staff and ask for concessions from the unions, but how about the administration side? Which has not given up anything at this point, besides council giving up full health benefits last council term. You have a full-time mayor, full-time clerk, 6 council members and you just laid off almost 1/2 your work force to cut the budget. Tim, then why do you need full-time mayor, clerk, and 6 council or reduce their pay which is still at Cadilliac rates? A village around 600 residents and a declining tax base, everyone should take part in giving up, not only certain employees.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but here are surrounding populations/fire staffs:

Cuyahoga Heights has a population of 599 and 3 full time firefighters per shift.

Valley View has a population of 2,179 and 4 full time firefighters per shift and 1 part timer for a total of 5.

Brooklyn Heights has a population of 1,558 and 3 part time firefighters per shift.
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If they can't recall frank jackson, why recall your mayor..atleast he is doing something by keeping your village bright and clean...unlike the village over the bridge that's dark and dirty.

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