MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER ISSUES CHALLENGE TO CIVIL ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS – DON’T TAKE ANY ADDITIONAL FEES!


HOUSTON MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO THE ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT THE FAMILIES OF THOSE FIREFIGHTERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SOUTHWEST INN FIRE IN 2013.

THIS WEEK WE REPORTED THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAD LIENS ON THE ESTATES OF MATHEW RENAUD, ROBERT BEBEE, ANNE SULLIVAN, AND ROBERT GARNER. THEY ALL DIED FIGHTING THE HOTEL FIRE…

THERE WAS ALSO A LIEN ON ROBERT YARBOROUGH WHO SURVIVED ACCORDING TO COURT RECORDS…

THOSE LIENS WERE FOR ANY FUNDS THE FAMILIES COLLECTED IN CIVIL LAWSUITS RELATED TO THE DEATHS OF THE FIREFIGHTERS. LIENS THAT WERE DESIGNED TO REPAY THE CITY FOR MEDICAL AND AMBULANCE SERVICES THE FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVED BEFORE THEIR DEATHS…

MAYOR TURNER EXCLUSIVELY TELLS THE FACTOR THE CITY NEVER TRIED TO COLLECT ON THOSE LIENS…HE WENT ON TO SAY ALL OF THE ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT THE FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BENEFIT AS A RESULT OF THE LIENS THE CITY ISN’T PURSUING.

TURNER SAYS THE FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH AND ANY FUNDS THE FAMILIES GET – THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP WITHOUT THEIR ATTORNEYS RECEIVING INCREASED FEES AS A RESULT OF THE FORGIVEN LIENS THE CITY WILL NOT PURSUE….

TURNER ALSO SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE HOUSTON PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS’ UNION SUPPORT THIS EFFORT…

MARTY LANCTON WITH THE UNION DECLINED CALLING THIS EFFORT A LEGAL STUNT. HE SAYS THE MAYOR OWES THE FAMILIES AN APOLOGY AND A RELEASE OF THE LIENS.

LANCTON’S FULL STATEMENT:

1 comment

  1. M woodard July 18, 2018 2:03 pm  Reply

    Turner likes to tell other people what they should do. When a law firm comes after you, it’s smart to retain a lawyer to protect yourself. He’s in a position that he doesn’t have to worry about prptection.

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