An injured Memphis firefighter paramedic would lose his paycheck and health benefits if his fellow firefighters were not picking up his shifts. Now they say the fire administration is not allowing them to do so anymore.
Gary Teel was working his construction job on the side to help pay his family's bills, especially for his wife who is unable to work after being in and out of the hospital the past few years. He fell off a roof the day before Thanksgiving and broke both of his arms. It could be two to six months before Teel can return to his firefighter job.
FOX 13 reported on Thursday about the generosity of his firefighter family stepping in to help, picking up his shifts to keep his paycheck and benefits rolling as well as collecting donations for him.
The team along with Memphis Fire Union Representative Tommy Malone are now being told they are not allowed to pick up Teel's shift and that an investigation has been launched into the matter.
FOX 13 contacted Mayor A C Wharton's Public Relations Office who sent out emails looking into the incident; no one has answered them yet.
FOX 13 will continue making calls until we receive answers.