Morristown, Tennessee fire fighter Robert Croxdale is fighting two battles.

Croxdale is a member of the Morristown Professional Fire Fighter’s Association Local 3836 and is currently stationed in Kuwait serving Operation Enduring Freedom.

A 20-year member of the Tennessee National Guard, Croxdale sent this letter to his state representative voicing his frustrations over efforts to limit the political speech and political activity of fire fighters across Tennessee.

Several bills are being debated in the Tennessee House of Representatives that would prohibit public employees from deducting dues from their paychecks if they remain politically active and another bill makes it a Class C misdemeanor to contribute any union funds to a political candidate.

A vote is expected soon. Fire fighters are meeting with members of the Tennessee Legislature to discuss the impact of these bills.

Croxdale’s letter is powerful and we hope Tennessee lawmakers are listening.

The IAFF sends a special thank you to Croxdale for his service and we wish him a safe and quick return home to Tennessee.