I moved to Salem from Akron four years ago. I was drawn to this town because of its small town charm and feel.
I have worked in sales with the general public for 31 years and have never felt so mistreated in my entire life. Please let me explain, I was awoken at 4:00 in the morning with smoke filling my upstairs apartment, I jumped out of bed in a panic to see if anything in the apartment could be causing the smoke. I then realized the smoke was coming up the stairwell from the downstairs apartment.
I tried knocking on the downstairs neighbor's door but his car was gone and I then called Salem Fire Department. The fire department arrived and discovered my neighbor was home, left something cooking on the stove and fell asleep.
The firemen seemed upset with me that I mentioned the fact someone may not be in the apartment and there actually was and as if I had bothered them to even stop out because of a fire.
After being able to return to my apartment I found my apartment in disarray and my bed soaked. I understand taking precautions, but when I called the chief on Monday he said the firemen did no wrong. All I wanted was a little compassion and maybe some understanding on his part and what I received was a "that's too bad" answer.
I find it unbelievable that the firemen seemed bothered by coming to a fire call, rather than maybe saving a person's life.
Not one person thanked me for calling them or acting so quickly to maybe prevent a horrible situation that could have turned tragic. I hate to think that a person in that position of saving lives takes it so lightly, I have never been treated this bad trying to do the right thing.
I thought moving to a small town people would care more, now I'm left to wonder if I made the right choice, because of the actions of a few on the Salem Fire Department.
Rick " Rodney " Anderson