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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