Extending hiring preferences to grandkids of fallen cops and firefighters

Philadelphia voters could have an opportunity this fall to give the grandchildren of police and firefighters who died in the line of duty a preference for city jobs.  

The proposed change to Philadelphia’s City Charter would give grandchildren of police officers and firefighters a preference in civil service examinations.  

“The sacrifice and dedication of these members should always be remembered and honored,” said Fire Commission Lloyd Ayers testifying in support of the change.

William Gault, head of the firefighters union, said it makes sense to help offspring of emergency responders to get into “family business.”

“These people are the best candidates for the job, it’s in their blood.  Besides the city owes the families of officers killed in the line of duty a debt of gratitude  a debt that can never be fully paid,” said Gault.  “The grandchildren have been denied the love and compassion  that only a grandparent can give and deserve some sort of consideration when they choose to serve their city “

Children of officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty already have the advantage.  The charter change could come up for a vote in November.

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