I am a third-generation firefighter with about 20 years left to serve before I retire. I follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and great-grandfather who showed me the importance of public service and of keeping my word. I do my best to live up to their legacy every day as I work to protect my community here in Umatilla County.

Unfortunately, some politicians in Salem want the state to pay their obligation to retired firefighters. Instead they want to take money from my retirement to pay the state’s debt. This rolls back the benefits I was promised when I was hired. It is also an unfair Ponzi scheme that allows state leadership to dodge responsibility.

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