Posted by PAFreePress, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Dec 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm
To Posted by Aaaron. Did you work with Andrew thus having knowledge of some sort of psychosis. If found him to be a conginal and compassionate. Did you ever give throught to systemic problems on the job which may have contributed to underlining health issues?
I think you were being a bit to harsh. On a side note I no he went to the Human Relation Commission seeking help with his issues and he told me they were unwilling to help.
The same holds true with city council. If anything it was an emotional accident in the making all of which could have been avoided with the proper care by all parties concerned.
Posted by Marielena, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2011 at 8:25 am
Paramedics and Firefighters go through a lot on their job. Imagine they are the ones who get to the emergency scene first. Of course some of the mental issues can be related to the job stress. I hope he gets he help the article claims he needs. Hopefully, he will start healing. Thanks to him for the times he was able to do his job and save people who were in trouble or in medical emergencies. Thanks to all firefighters, paramedics and police officers who go the extra mile to help others. Happy Holidays.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm
I'm not really up on the whole story here. I've read parts of it off and on as it has appeared here previously. I don't have the feeling that the story is being told completely or in any way that makes sense. Why bother to write about it if you cannot cover it in a way that informs?
Then to have someone immediately jump in without qualifying his statement and saying the person in question has been unstable for years with what sounds like a disingenuous hope that he gets help just doesn't sit right with me. Someone who writes a post like that without explaining their real agenda may be one who also needs "help".
As I said, I don't know any of the people involved, but when I see bits and pieces of what people throw in and it doesn't really add up, it makes me feel a bit sympathetic towards the former firefighter to tell the truth.
>> Andrew Jentzsch, 48, had been a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Palo Alto for 20 years, starting in 1983. In 2003, he resigned his position but then wanted to return to the job. The city did not rehire him.
>> Jentzsch has written in online posts that he sustained a painful shoulder injury and required a joint replacement. He said the city did not help him or provide benefits for his injury. He had a long history of resentment over the incident, which he documented in posts on various Internet forums.
A firefighter with 20 years service to a city that throws away money like Palo Alto does ... at least if you are the right person ... maybe the city could have done something to help the guy.
So ... also
>> was sentenced on Friday to receive mental-health counseling and to seek employment or retraining.
I was not aware that the courts could sentence someone to get a job ... now, maybe this is a solution to the massive unemployment we have in this country now ... just arrest the unemployed and sentence them to get a job!
Seriously, so is the city going to help this guy do any of these things?
Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community, on Dec 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm
For those who would judge Mr. Jentzsch, please consider the environment where he worked.
The environment of disgraced former Assistant City Manager Harrison, disgraced former Utilities Director Ulrich, disgraced former Police Chief Johnson, etc, etc, etc...and, of course, the Pat Briggs witch hunt.
For those who have followed "Fireman's" postings here over the years, it seems a lot of what he has said turned out to be true.