Red Cross Volunteers Let Their Voices Be Heard

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

This was the moment volunteers have been waiting for to voice their opposition against Floyd's dismissal. Many say firing Chris Floyd was a mistake and it is damaging to the community.

When CEO Joseph Agostini fired disaster services director, Chris Floyd, volunteers say he divided what they call the "Red Cross family." City and county disaster service leaders attended today's board meeting to describe their working relationship with Floyd.

Robby Powers, the Tallahassee Emergency Management Coordinator said, "When most of us work 40 hours a week, he's working 80 hours a week. If you ever look at the web sites, you'll see that they've been updated at two in the morning. The man is constantly living and breathing this organization."

Richard Smith, the Leon County Emergency Management Director
"When I disconnect that call, I don't have to follow up to see if it's being done. It's being done and it's being done right."

Thirty Red Cross volunteers came to the meeting and those who couldn't fit in the room listened outside. And when given a chance, they would say what was on their mind. Although the words were strong, it was not enough to get Floyd back. The board says it will consider their feelings, but they didn't make any promises. In the meantime they will serve the community the best they can.

After the meeting, volunteers were not happy with the board's broad response and they say they will not stand for it, so this may not be the end of the conflict between volunteer workers and management.

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  • by Anonymous Location: midway on Jan 18, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    Let it go if he's not worried about his job then why are you.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2008 at 11:37 AM
    If Chris would just come and say to the public that he agree's with what has happened and tell them that he wishes the situation to be left alone, Im certain the public would respect his wishes.. its the not hearing from him that is frustrating.. we dont need the RC speaking for him as from the outside they appear to be the ones being unjust... He should make a statement and the public at that point to respect what he says at that point.
  • by Bob Location: Loyd on Jan 17, 2008 at 07:03 AM
    On all accounts Chris Floyd sounds like a hard worker and well liked. So why would the Red Cross fire him abruptly and why wouldnt he be the one protesting loudly. It sounds to me like there is something bad that happened and neither Chris or the Red Cross want anyone to know what it was. This would seem to me to be the only logical conclusion. While many of the IRC Volunteers say they can forgive a lot, well lets see them say that when this all comes out. It eventually will if they keep pushing. Sometimes people dont have a right to know and just need to let things go for the good of those who are invovled at its core.
  • by Bob O'Lary Location: Tallahassee on Jan 17, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    Note the irony in this headline: "Red Cross Volunteers Let Their Voices Be Heard" Viewing the video clip you can NOT hear the volunteers speaking, just the reporter! Get it together TV folks! LOOK at your product after you post it!!! Bob O'Lary
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