PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – There’s fallout following a KDKA Investigation.
The mayor of Pittsburgh is outraged by the ticketing of fire trucks.
The trucks were tagged outside City Hall while firefighters were inside getting flu shots.
“We certainly have a lot more important things to worry about than a fire truck that’s parked for five minutes on a city street,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, D-Pittsburgh, said.
The fire trucks were parked in spaces reserved for councilmembers.
Firefighters tell KDKA’s Marty Griffin that City Council President Darlene Harris asked one truck to move and the police officer followed with her ticket book. The council president says she had nothing to do with it.
“It’s really silly,” Ravenstahl said. “And when I was first briefed on it, I didn’t believe that it happened. I couldn’t believe that somebody would actually ticket a fire truck especially when we’re encouraging them to get a flu shot and stay healthy.”
The matter will end up in court with Fire Chief Darryl Jones testifying on behalf of his men.
“This one is on me,” Jones said. “I did send the ticket in for a court hearing date and I will ask the judge for some leniency on this.”
It’s not a criminal matter. It’s a parking ticket. The possible fine is under $100, but there will be a hearing and there will be possible testimony and if the judge rules in favor of the city against the city, someone will have to pay the fine.