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Craig resident calls out fire board, city council about training tower

Cashion: fire training tower unnecessary

A local resident opposed to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District’s planned live fire training tower has taken his campaign to members of the Craig community.

Craig resident Al Cashion, who also is a regular contributor to the Craig Daily Press and a member of the editorial board, last week sent a four-part letter to the fire board and members of the Craig City Council.

The letter also has been widely circulated to Craig residents by email.

Cashion, who has never shied from his opposition to the fire training tower project, presents a variety of data points in the letter to question the necessity of a fire simulator.

In particular, Cashion cites 2011 data that shows a firefighter has a .0000064 percent chance of dying in the line of duty.

Cashion also is demanding a public apology to the residents of Craig from the Craig City Council for the way locals were barred from commenting on a proposed site plan for the tower during last week’s city council meeting.

Cashion has some choice words for all seven members of city council, but took particular offense to comments made by Don Jones during the meeting.

“Did you even hear yourself talking? Are you really that arrogant? Do you really assume that everyone in there was just a troubling malcontent?” Cashion states in his letter. “You mentioned you are not politically correct. I don’t expect or want you to be.

“But, I do expect a certain respect for your office and the people of Craig. Remember, it is us little, troublesome morons that voted you in office.”

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or

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