What a plea! #dc (Taken with Instagram at Capital Bikeshare 3rd And H St NE)
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I love you, Internet
Pete Piringer’s removal is not only a loss for D.C. residents, but also the local journalism community. Under his watch, @DCFireEMS was a valuable news source and public safety utility other cities should have copied.
The account kept news organizations informed of what was going on at a scene without us having to call them every five minutes.
As a resident, I love that when you saw a bunch of police cars in you neighborhood, you could just say, “I’ll check @DCfireEMS and see what’s up.”
Now what do we do?
“Piringer was prolific in his tweeting of breaking news and information, but sources inside the mayor’s office say there was blowback from other agencies that Piringer’s tweets were making them look slow and unresponsive.”
Sorry, Pete, you were way too good at your job to get to keep it, you were making the rest of the DC Government, well, look like it is.
There are a lot of good PIOs in this town - DDOT’s John Lisle, and DCRA’s Helder Gil to name two who kick more ass than Chuck Norris at an Occupy Wall Street protest, but so many other’s, especially the Mayor’s office, and elsewhere in the DC Government, who just don’t nearly as good a job. Very disappointed.