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POINT BLANK — Both sides of a disagreement at the Point Blank VFD have approached the Point Blank City Council, which in turn has issued a statement that it does not have a position.

At its regular meeting on Dec. 12, council members heard from the PBVFD leadership about the dismissal of several firefighters and other complaints that have been levied against VFD.

The VFD told the council it has proceeded as it always has since its inception.

Among the issues claimed by former members of the VFD, the chief and assistant chief met privately to amend the group’s bylaws, and when existing VFD volunteers voiced objections, they were let go or demoted.

One of the firefighters had planned to run for chief in an upcoming election but was fired within hours of his announcement. According to the new bylaws, he is now ineligible for the election.

Additionally, the ex-firefighters say they have been reprimanded for arriving at emergency sites ahead of EMS crews, which violates PBVFD procedure as per a verbal order.

The firefighters have taken up their case with the Emergency Services District and have been seeking to win public opinion as well.

The city took no action about the disagreement and issued a statement that the council is aware that there are disputes and issues within the PBVFD and, as yet, has not taken a unified position.

The council, through the statement, hopes to assure the Community, ESD, and the PBVFD that if the City feels the need to intervene, it will issue concerns directly to ESD or the PBVFD.

The city has not involved itself in any other investigative route, demand of action, or informational request. Such actions are not issued by the City, and do not represent the City of Point Blank, according to the statement

In other business, the council:

•accepted the latest audit, which was in line. The council was given suggestions to put an asset policy in place, and to capitalize street repairs.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Margaret Corley · 10 days ago
    Those people that live in glass houses should not throw stones! Loretta has more integrity than I know.
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    Tollison Mike · 10 days ago
    These people who are complaining about Loretta or the fire dept need to get their facts straight.Loretta is of high integrity and would be an an asset  to any Dept. I am sure the city would weigh.in if there  were a problem that was not fabricated. 
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    Loretta · 25 days ago
    As an individual present at the city council meeting i can tell that one of the city council members is the one leading this collation against the vfd and all this is false information. Maybe y’all should call the vfd for the facts instead of letting individuals play the victim. 
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    Sidestep - really? · 12 days ago
    When our country's politicians complain and wonder why there is no respect for the law or right/wrong anymore, often all they have to do is simply look in the mirror.  We are losing our values and nobody seems to care. Doing nothing is easy.
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    Loretta is on Parole · 7 days ago
    Loretta Schaefer Blankenship Gibson is actively on PAROLE for her charge of felony aggravated theft after she embezzled $370,000 from her elderly employers. These aren’t accusations Loretta, these are facts.
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      Loretta · 6 days ago
      @Loretta is on Parole Again with being a coward!!! I am not a part of the vfd so who ever this coward is can keep deflecting from the lies and rumors that these individuals have started towards the vfd. Because that’s all you are trying to do is take the spotlight off of your wrong doing. 
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    Loretta is a thief · 7 days ago

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    HOA · 15 days ago
    Several HOA's have requested to have visibility to the books of the PBVFD to understand where their donated funds have gone.  To date all requests to see the financial books (which is a requirement as a non profit organization) 501(C)3 have been refused.
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    Loretta is a fraud · 16 days ago
    Are you the same Loretta that was charged with felony aggravated theft for embezzling money from your employer back in 2009? The same Loretta that is married to the PBVFD Battalion Chief? The same Loretta that takes taxpayer money by doing business with the PBVFD?