Roger Peck retired as a captain on the Memphis Fire Department after 36 years, but is now worried about how he'll make ends meet. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) - A retired Memphis firefighter says he is concerned about his family, even after the city promised to help him find affordable health insurance.
On Wednesday, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton said all city retirees will be taken care of when it comes to their health insurance coverage, but one retiree says the city's decisions to cut benefits are affecting him and his family in a big way.
Roger Peck retired as a captain on the Memphis Fire Department after 36 years, but is now worried about how he'll make ends meet.
"It's all about trust, and there's no trust anymore," he says.
While the city council says they're working towards helping retirees like Peck pay for medical premiums, medications, co-pays, and deductibles, Mayor Wharton assures retirees they have nothing to worry about.
"You know, I really get tired of listening to him. Actions, what you do, is more effective than talking about it," Peck continues.
Peck says he was forced to retire in 1998 to help care for his handicapped wife.
He says both are covered under Medicare Parts A and B, but he's worried he'll have to pay for another insurance supplement to cover health care costs.
"That's why we work for $16 an hour because we have a 25 or 30 year pension. You can't pay them what they're worth. But, you can at least give them something they can count on when they retire," says Peck.
Peck says with benefits in the balance, qualified police and firefighters will likely move elsewhere.
And he says that will be a burden Memphis doesn't want to bear.
"Yeah, I'm worried, worried about everybody," he adds.
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