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A tragic fire hit the town of Orange a couple days ago, resulting in the unspeakable deaths of two girls. As a father it’s hard to even write these words. One of girl’s who died lived there, and the other was there for a party. They had gone upstairs to get some sort of princess stuff for the party, and the girl’s father was severely injured trying to rescue them. But as horrible as this tragedy was, the local newspaper, the Greenfield Recorder, made it a million times worse by taking a steamy dump all over the Orange Fire Department in their coverage of the story. Here is the before and after of the article they published about the story:
Basically they retracted the following sentence after public outcry:
“From what they saw and heard up the street, they believe the girls were still alive when firefighters arrived and that they did not act quickly enough in connecting a hose and entering the home.”
Now I don’t know the first thing about the Orange Fire Department, but common sense tells me that firefighters wouldn’t intentionally let two little girls die if they had the power to stop it. But that’s just Turtleboy. Turtleboy uses common sense. The Greenfield Recorder, not so much.
Now, the first thing Turtleboy would’ve done if we were reporting on this fire, is find out a little bit our sources. The reporter, Chris Curtis of Montague, interviewed three people who alleged that the fire department intentionally let these two little girls die – Jesse Jorgensen, Denise Dirth, and her husband Michael Chaplin. We couldn’t find anything on Jorgensen, but there’s plenty on the other two. Let’s start with the eye test. These are the lovebirds who are apparently experts on fire science and public safety, according to the Greenfield Recorder:
If those two don’t look reliable, then no one does. Here’s the most recent work experience that Denise has listed has listed on Facebook:
Well, if being a cashier at Cumby’s doesn’t qualify you to pass judgement on the fire department, then I don’t know what does.
Then there’s her husband Michael. Let’s check out what he’s all about:
He seems like a well-reasoned and rational human being. Definitely value his input on firefighting protocol. Definitely.
Him and the wifey are also a big fan of the ganja:
Not that there is anything wrong with that. After all, we’ve done a couple bone rides up in that area. But I will say this – when you’re high, you don’t always have the greatest judgement or reaction time. Nonetheless, this brilliant, upcoming young reporter decided to take the words of two Orange lifers, who may or may not have taken bong rips within the hour, as fact.
Oh, and the best is when you look up Michael Chaplin’s arrest history in the Athol Daily News. He’s only been arrested a billion times:
Like that time him and his friends got all sauced up and stirred up some trouble at the local Subway:
Michael W. Chaplin Jr., 20, 872 Mechanic St., was arrested on a charge of minor in possession of liquor. The arrest occurred when the manager of Subway on East Main Street stated that her employee called about subjects inside the store, possibly drinking alcohol and refusing to leave. Police responded and two subjects were sent on their way and Chaplin was arrested.
Or the time he got into a car accident, hurting someone, and fled the scene:
Michael W. Chaplin Jr., 24, 82 Mechanic St. – negligent operation of vehicle, leaving scene of personal injury – pleaded innocent, pretrial conference Feb. 22.
Or the time he was charged with assault and battery on a police officer:
Michael W. Chaplin Jr., 24, 82 Mechanic St. – assault and battery on police officer, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace – pleaded innocent, pretrial scheduled Dec. 2.
Turns out he had a really good reason for assaulting a cop. He was just in a car that crashed into a house and him and his passenger were trying to get away:
At 11:31 p.m., police responded to Mechanic Street for a report of a car that possibly struck a house. Two male subjects ran from the vehicle and up the street. While checking the area, police came across two male subjects. While speaking with Michael W. Chaplin, 24, of 82 Mechanic St., he became very belligerent. He was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery on police officer and disturbing the peace.
Luckily the Greenfield Recorder is getting annihilated on the Facebook machine:
Well, everyone except for one local moron:
It’s not really surprising that the Greenfield Recorder would engage in trash journalism like this either. They do have a past history of shitting on first responders. Remember in December when we reported on the Greenfield police sergeant who was being defamed and harassed by his two neighbors because they looked into his garage and saw a confederate flag? We also found out that the two Dad’s who were complaining about this flag were basically using their 10 year old adopted son to launch a crusade against this highly respected officer.
Ya see, their son is black, and apparently this flag, which you could only see by looking deep into their neighbor’s garage, would scare the son. They had also trained him to believe that cops were not there to help him and that he should be scared of them.
Oh yea, and Dad #1 has a pretty inappropriate Facebook page, considering he is a Northampton Middle School teacher.
Yet the Greenfield Recorder still wrote an editorial, demonizing this Sergeant McCarthy, while saying nothing about the overzealous, anti-police Dads who were using their black son as leverage in their game of PC world domination:
Right now that portrait, which McCarthy has painted of himself and the town isn’t a good one. McCarthy has the right to his beliefs, and to speak up about his intentions. But out of respect to his public duty and to his neighbors — who include a young African American boy — he should take down the flag.
Anyway, what the newspaper should have done is focus on what really mattered – the unspeakable deaths of two innocent young girls. They could’ve easily shared this GoFundMe. But they didn’t. Instead they interviewed two unqualified local idiots who wanted to blame the fire department for trying their best to save these girl’s lives. How’d you like to be on the Orange Fire Department right now. You signed up for a job that endangers your life on a daily basis. Your entire career you will be seeing unspeakable things and it will be incumbent upon you to save the day. And when a tragedy like this happens your local newspaper blames you for it. Unreal.
Look, Turtleboy Sports will instinctively take the side of teachers, cops, firefighters, nurses, social workers, and anyone else who signs up for a job whose primary goal is to help other people in need. Because there is an ongoing war on these people by news outlets and politicians everywhere, and they should be publicly shamed like this.
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