To the Editor:
When I first moved to Keizer a little over six years ago, it seemed like every time I would be in a store or on my morning walk, people would come up to me and ask if I was related to Roland. At the time, I didn’t know who Roland was but after being told many times how he was such a nice guy and how he is so willing to help out anyone who needed it, I wanted to meet this guy.
Well, as it turns out, a few years later , Roland winds up moving into my neighborhood and I finally got to meet him. After getting to know him, I can honestly say that all the good things that I heard about him were true ! I personally saw the kindness of this man a few months ago when I was digging a fencepost in my yard. In my haste to get the hole dug, I ignored the obvious and wound up breaking a water line. As I started to panic, my wife said, “call Roland “!
I called him and told him what I had done . It seems like I had just hung up the phone when Roland rolls up to my house on his scooter . He not only helped me shut off the water but also helped me repair my broken line. To top it off, this happened while he was still recovering from recent surgery !
As a retired union firefighter ( IAFF Local 3340 ) who was actively involved with and understands union policy and procedures, I struggle to understand how the city of Keizer can justify what was done to Roland. This whole process was wrong on so many different levels ! Anyone who knows Roland knows that he is truly one of the “good guys”. But in this imperfect world, sometimes bad things happen to good people.
I hope that not only for the sake of Roland and his family but for all Keizer citizens that the city of Keizer reconsiders their decision and corrects this injustice.