Michigan firefighters weather budget cuts, seek better health care

Sep 11, 2013

Mark Docherty is the president of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union, which represents some 5,000 firefighters in 130 municipalities. The union is pushing for legislation that would provide a 'cancer presumption' that would cover firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer that are presumed to be the result of exposure to hazardous substances.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Today is September 11.  It’s been 12 years since the horrible events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that saw nearly 3,000 people die at the hands of terrorists.  As Americans, we still feel unsettling emotions at the mere mention of the term “Nine-Eleven.”  

We remember with pride, however, the selfless bravery of  our first responders who rushed into harm’s way to save lives.  While we still hold police and firefighters in high regard, those professions have weathered their share of hardships in the years since.  

Current State’s Kevin Lavery spoke this week with Mark Docherty, the president of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union.  They met on a spot in downtown Lansing that many in the fire service might consider hallowed ground.