Editor, Daily Times:

On Dec. 2, 2017, unbeknownst to him, my husband Dan was honored with the fire chief’s award at the annual get together. He was not in attendance to hear the accolades given him by Chief Howlett as he doesn’t feel comfortable being in a social situation with some of the people sitting at the front table.

At the Sept. 25, 2017, village board meeting, Village President Mike Siegel threatened to punch Dan in the face. You can find this in that months board minutes. There are two people sitting at the table who have requested Dan be removed from his position as a fire officer, not because of something he did but simply because they don’t agree with his philosophy on some things.

In the last number of years it has been getting more and more difficult to find people to serve as both firefighters and first responders. Dan has been giving up his free time to do this for almost 40 years, serving in many capacities including most recently receiving extra training in how to respond in a tactical situation.

Through the years he has answered the call for either medical or fire emergencies for almost everyone at your table of your families.

When board members and employees try to intimidate our public servants it not only hurts them, but all our citizens and negatively affects the public well being.

I’m asking the other board members to speak out against this public outrage and to encourage and support our public servants. If you don’t, then you are part of the problem and some day when you need to call 911 there may be no one to respond.

I read this statement at the Jan. 15 Clyman Village Board meeting. The president interrupted me and said he didn’t say “punch”, but rather, “slap”. I checked the minutes and it said “you’ll catch a smack in the mouth”. I guess semantics make it OK with him.

Laurel Finger


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