The PA State Capitol came alive today as I have never seen it. Unions members of every shape and size came together in an amazing show of solidarity. Our PPFFA members came from across the state, from Locals large and small to engage in what we are seeing as a battle for our very survival. Our troops, veteran and rookie, showed what emergency responders are made of. The officers and staff of the PPFFA proved, once again, that they have what it takes to enter a campaign. The forces that have launched this attack against us have tried to beguile us with their propaganda into believing that these legislative initiatives won't affect our members. These unwarranted attacks are not going to stop anytime soon. What our opponents fail to realize is that we fight everyday for our lives and of the lives of those we're sworn to protect, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. We put our lives on the line every time we step into that station. We cover each other's backs day in and day out, week after week and year after year. If you want to hurt one of us, you want to hurt all of us. These special interest groups hide behind a false mask of moral righteousness, and that is the thing that is most repugnant about them. No matter what they say, no matter what they do they will not prevail. Brothers and Sisters, what I saw today was amazing, for those of you who turned out, thank you. For those of you showing your support from home thank you. For those of you who put it on the line each and every day, thank you. We will not be bought, we will not be threatened, we will not be brushed aside, we will never give up and we will NOT be defeated.
The PPFFA motto has never been truer:
Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association