To The Daily Sun,
I was appalled when I read the article in The Laconia Daily Sun about the alleged theft of town gasoline by a respected lieutenant in the Gilmanton Fire Department. This lieutenant has been working for the Gilmanton Fire Department for many years. This theft makes me wonder how much control the fire department has of gasoline usage and how much we the taxpayers have paid for personal use. It also makes me wonder why our fire chief doesn't have documented proof of gasoline usage. Is our fire department being run like a business or like a good old boy organization? I have read articles in The Laconia Daily Sun that quoted the fire chief complaining that he was being micro-managed by the selectmen. It's time for the selectmen to do their job and get to the bottom of this. There is a lot more here than just an alleged thief steeling gas.
Congratulations and the highest respect to the firefighter who stepped up and reported this crime. It would have been a lot easier for him to say nothing. He should be treated like a hero, he did his job and didn't back down.
Gilmanton Iron Works