The officers, who were promoted to Lieutenant, included Hector A. Solis. Other offices included Douglas S. Haack, Brian J. Phillips, Craig A. Ellis, Matthew D. Brixey, Allison Armstrong, Dexter L. Baker, Joseph J. Camerato, Verdell Franklin, Todd M. Besteda, David J. Soldner, and Terence C. Glaze.
The officers, who were promoted to Captain, were: Orlando R. González, David C. Rodríguez, Michael A. Posadny, Karen Marquardt, Gregory D. Tillman, Damon J. Williams, Richard P. Syroka, and Jeffrey A. Romstadt.
In the photo, above, are: David Rodríguez, Orlando González, and Hector Solis.
Lack of diversity
As reported in the Jan 15, 2010 issue of La Prensa in an article by Alan Abrams, Toledo’s Latino population has been estimated at 6 percent – the third largest in Ohio. Yet only one member of the 37 new firefighters [Toledo Fire and Rescue Department] comprising the Fire Class of 2010, who were sworn in Friday, was Latino—Tony Santiago.
Tony Santiago, 26, is the son of Assistant Chief Luis Santiago, who is chief of the department’s Special Operations Bureau.
Moreover, the class that was assembled under Mayor Mike Bell’s predecessor, Carty Finkbeiner, had only two African-American males and five women—one of them an Asian-American— among its members. The balance (29) is comprised of white males.
One wonders why the lack of diversity with this new class, as was done in the classes of olde,…of Solis, González, and Rodríguez.
When interviewed by Abrams, both Deputy Chief Phillip Cervantes and Assistant Chief Luis Santiago informed La Prensa that they believed more Latinos would be in the next Fire Class—whenever that will be.
Cervantes said, “Several Latinos who were in the class initially may have failed one of the steps, but are still eligible for the next class. We’re always hoping we’ll get more [Latinos],” he said. Cervantes agreed that there was an immediate need to get more members of the Latino community interested in a career, which has historically always held a great attraction for Latinos. Santiago stressed that the future tests would “encompass more people.” Visit: http://www.laprensa1.com/Stories/2010/011310/Firefighter.htm
Then bloggers reported that the new class—as set forth below—contains at least 13 members that are related or connected to primarily current or retired firefighters, and, if so, one wonders whether the City of Toledo, by and through its agents, made good faith efforts to advertise to the public that the City of Toledo was looking for firefighters for the new class:
Comes Anthony....FORMER FIREFIGHTER THAT QUIT THE DEPARTMENT,
Santiago Anthony....SON OF ASSISTANT CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT,
Tester Ryan.......STEP-SON OF FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF METZGER,
Zuber Joseph.....NEPHEW OF STEVE ZUBER, WASHINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER.
This remains to be seen.