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PIERCE COUNTY: How dare we seek COLAs

Letter by Jeff England, Puyallup on July 22, 2011 at 10:26 am | 28 Comments »
July 22, 2011 2:58 pm

How dare the Pierce County sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers even think to ask for a cost- of-living increase? Who do they think they are?

In my profession, I run the daily risk of being assaulted, shot, stabbed and killed. I have had to work every shift on every holiday. I am routinely exposed to blood-borne and airborne pathogens, which I have unavoidably taken home to my family. I have seen and handled numerous dead bodies, including three children under the age of 10 burned to death by their father.

I face criticism and legal liability at every turn. My employers even have a section which does nothing but investigate me and fellow employees, looking for reasons to fire us. I have been spit upon by several members of the public for which I work.

In the 13 years I have been in my profession, I have been to 10 funerals for my fellow professionals. I have to have extra money taken out of my paycheck to pay for family medical bills, despite having insurance.

What do I do? I am a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy.

If the News Tribune practiced thorough journalism (instead of listening to Pierce County mouthpieces like Kevin Phelps or Joe Carrillo), they would discover that the sheriff’s department is among the lowest-paid departments of like sizes and calls for service.

I would like to go on but I have to go pick up my new Rolls Royce.

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