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UPDATE: Owego Firefighter Protest

Owego firefighters are preparing to fill the hall at Owego's village board meeting Tuesday night-- and are prepared to walk off their jobs--if the board doesn't take action to better insure the  safety of firefighters:

The issue is a sensitive one,  following the death of firefighter Matthew Porcari last year while fighting a fire in Newark Valley:

Firefighters want the board to approve a new operations manual-- which was tabled at a meeting last week:

"This is everybody with their heart in the right place with some disagreement where you have to figure out where's the compromise where it protects everybody so you can move forward. Because there have been a lot of positive things that have come from an unfortunate event," says firefighter John Loftus.

Loftus says whether the new manual is adopted, or not, what's most important is that safety --procedures which were also contained in the current manual-- are followed.

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