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Police and firefighters get pay for cold work

February 9, 2019

Fort Wayne police officers and firefighters who worked during last week’s polar vortex will receive time and a half pay, Mayor Tom Henry announced Friday. 

“Public safety is a top priority in the city of Fort Wayne. I appreciate and respect the work that our police officers and firefighters perform each day to serve and protect all of us,” Henry said in a statement. “During the recent polar vortex, the brave men and women of the FWPD and FWFD stepped up and didn’t back down from the life-threatening conditions that our city experienced. We’re fortunate to live in a community that values and understands the importance of public safety.” 

The city’s public safety divisions were able to find the funds for the additional pay in their 2019 budgets. Those who will receive the extra compensation should see it included in their Feb. 22 paycheck. 

dgong@jg.net

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