Last Push for Lansing Millage Vote

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

One year after her tour in Bagdad, retired U.S. Navy veteran Yvonne Fisher went into cardiac arrest. Her husband Thomas Fisher says when he got the call, he couldn't believe his ears.

"I got a phone call that Yvonne fainted and they were doing CPR...I was like, 'what?'" said Thomas Fisher, whose wife was saved by Lansing firefighters.

Lansing's emergency responders performed CPR and shocked Yvonne's heart twice to revive her.

"Seconds count," said Thomas Fisher, "As a matter of fact, seconds seemed like minutes and the minutes seemed to go forever."

Mayor Virg Bernero pointed out the Fisher family as an example of the importance of passing the millage.

"We want to maintain that level of quality and that level of service. You've got to have equipment and you've got to have the man power in place to get there in time,"said Lansing's Mayor Virg Bernero.

Though the millage would prevent about 100 layoffs from police and fire, citizens are unsure how they will vote.

"I think I am more against it than for it. I can't afford the millage," said Lansing voter Kenneth McKay.

The millage would provide nearly $9 million dollars towards balancing the city's $20 million dollar deficit.

Yvonne Fisher hopes voters will remember their loved one's at the polls.

"It never happens to you. I have saved many lives, but this time they saved mine," sai Yvonne Fisher.

The polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 11:40 PM
    Virg, Cut the DOT division. He puts a bad spin on Lasing and a real bad taste in VOTERS mouths. If you would only listen to the small businesses that he is targeting. He targets businesses that VOTE and have the power to persuade the Vote (as we did May 3rd). Never a fixit ticket, check his records. 18 tickets on stops. This is ridiculous and needs to stop. Just because no one liked the guy as a kid does not mean he needs use his power and beat on businesses. This guy is the reason good cops get bad raps from the citizens. The DOT Gestapo, driving around in his big suburban, doing 3 hour inspections on the side of the road, MUST go, and the small businesses will not stop until he is removed from his position and taken off the road and put on admin duty. This guy needs full time supervision, just review his record or ask his ex-wives. This guy is dangerous. CONTROL DOT or Verg is next to go. One way or another the DOT will be defeated, The small businesses have banded together. As long as Lansing can afford the DOT division, It only tells me that public safety is not important, but creating revenue is. The story will continue....We will not back down!!!!!!! SHUT DOWN LANSING DOT
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    Way to go citizens of lansing... hope u don't mind waiting all day for public safety response... if they have time to stop by.
  • by M.Louis Location: lansing on May 3, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    You people that are voting "NO" are insane. The fire department could use some thining down yeah. Ann Arbor has half the size and Lansing as is doing fine. The Police has some slugs that need to retire yeah, but 100?! Are you people serious? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!
  • by kathy Location: okemos on May 3, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    start taxing pop! pop is consumed by all ages and would bring in more tax money than cigarettes and gas combined!
  • by sl on May 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Considering that there are departments with slackers taking the cities money and not doing the work. My vote is NO!!
  • by Vickie on May 3, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    We need change and even if it passes, Verg will be laying off fire and police anyway and much more. Vote NO
  • by Tony Location: Lansing on May 3, 2011 at 12:58 AM
    As a retired firemen I see the need for fire and law enforcement. But during the hard times I see we need to make changes. There are many cities across the country that have brought in private ambulance companies to help lower the budget. It's not like you'll loose the experience of a paramedic by going with a private company. They all have to meet a national standard, licensed, state and local inspections and pass the local med control. We need to make changes and move forward. I'm proud to be part of the emergency services.
  • by mike Location: lansing on May 2, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    Nothing tough about it,NO.
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