Vacations offered to emergency workers

Katrina's Wake

September 05, 2005|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

NEW ORLEANS - A day after two police suicides and the abrupt resignations or desertions of up to 200 police officers, defiant city officials yesterday began offering five-day vacations - and even trips to Las Vegas - to the police, firefighters and city emergency workers and their families.

The idea of paid vacations was raised by Mayor Ray Nagin and senior police officials, who said that their forces were exhausted and traumatized and that the arrival of the National Guard had made way for the officers to be relieved.

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