Brownsville Firefighters Vote No Confidence against Chief Lenny Perez

The Brownsville Firefighters Association called an emergency meeting at the VFW Wednesday night and held a vote of no confidence in their fire chief of twelve years.

Over 60 members of the firefighters association attended the meeting.

Members say they are disappointed in the leadership and decision making of Fire Chief Lenny Perez.

They referred to poor leadership resulting from contract violations, overworked EMS employees, and frequent arbitration costing the city and taxpayers money.

But most of all, they are disappointed because a fellow firefighter's family was denied benefits after suffering a heart attack on the job.

There hasn't been a lot of support from the chief concerning our fallen firefighter and we understand there is an attempt to not classify it as line of duty death. There's a big difference when it TMs on duty and off duty, said Brownsville Firefighter TMs Association board member Jorge Lerma.

Action 4 News reached out to Chief Lenny Perez, who said in regards to late firefighter Juan Casanova, he does not determine if benefits are given-the City of Brownsville makes that determination.

He told us he feels he is being targeted unfairly for something that is out of his control.

The association members want to see Chief Perez replaced.

They said they will submit a letter of no confidence to the city manager, mayor and city commission within a couple days.