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The Residual Fallout of Recognition, Ambition, and Disappointment

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SHANE Felix appears articulate, determined and bitter but our investigation reveals a part of the problem. Leslie Fontenelle and Shane Felix joined the fire service department almost simultaneously under the SLP administration and the two officers got on relatively well, but over time, certain differences took place as Leslie Fontenelle became the boss and therein lay the first stages of animosity. This animosity took a toll on the department and all hell broke loose ever since, resulting in all sorts of inquires until Leslie Fontenelle was forced out of office. Prior to Fontenelle’s departure, there was some kind of strike action during the SLP administration bearing the hallmarks of today’s situation. Presently, Mr. Joseph Joseph a well-qualified individual with a master’s degree is the head of the fire service division and his deputy is also well qualified while Shane Felix remains an officer and president of the Fire Services Association. We pose a simple question to all and sundry, is Shane Felix’s disappointment based on his own lack of success within the department? Under the SLP administration, a number of spanking new fire stations were built and over the years there were countless donations of equipment by various external agencies and just looking around one can only say that the fire services received its fair share of attention. Additionally, the First Lady of St. Lucia has over the past 18 months raised umpteen dollars to improve various fire stations over the island. Could more have been done? The answer is yes, but St. Lucia is not a first world country and experiences its financial challenges like all other nations. Based on the foregoing, it is generally perceived that the greater part of Shane Felix’s disappointment stemmed from his personal experience with the former Fire Chief and what we are witnessing today is the residual fallout of recognition, ambition and disappointment. Unfortunately, such situations do occur in all walks of life and individuals affected need to let go and move along with their lives without having the public bear the consequences of such ill feeling.

— Marcus Williams

9 Comments

    1. The fight by fire fighters was not about Shane Felix but about the integrity and treatment of fire officers and many laws going unbroken by the managerial staff.All what firefighters were asking for is equal rights. So whoever wrote the article should do some investigative journalism first before spewing garbage. Cause if he or she did they would have realized that Mr. Leslie was found guilty by the public service commission for his actions and made to retire in the public interest and not be fired. Also according to the British report after the inquiry into the fire service, it was stated that not of the guys in managerial position were found capable of being promoted to chief fire officer. Get a copy of the British report and understand what’s going on the fire service before spewing garbage and whilst at it read the report from the inquiry. Stop making it a Shane Felix fight. It’s a fight by members of the fire service for fair treatment and respect.

  1. This writer must be trying to make a name for himself or a political poodle because he knows nothing of which he speaks about. Get your facts straight.# Rubbishtalk.

  2. Is this what passes for journalism. Which editor in their right mind allowed such bs to make it onto a news media online page? Clearly no effort at investigative journalism was done here. Just a bias commentary to defamed a man whom is fully respected by his peers. From the start to the end of this article is crap. Have you ever wondered why no fireman beside the fire service managers, are coming out against Shane Felix? Has he brain washed the entire association to achieve his vendetta? From the highest laws of the land say that the department is in crisis and yet this writer makes it seem like its personal envy and/or political. People like you are what’s wrong with this country. You prefer to turn a blind eye to the problems of the people that serve the nation tirelessly. Shane should sue for defamation of character like the former Prime Minister used to do. Respect advocates in this land, you may just need them later today.

  3. It’s very clear the the writer knows nothing about what he is talking. In his first sentence he states that his “investigation reveals” . If only he had done just a little bit of investigation he would have gotten the the Facts that Leslie Fontenelle joined the department in 1987 under the UWP government, whereas Shane Felix joined the Department in 1999 under the SLP government making a difference of over twelve (12) years service between the two guys and they joined under different administrations contrary to what was stated in his second sentence. So when you get your first and second sentence so clearly wrong, how can anyone take the rest of your “so called investigation” with any degree of credibility. If you had done just a little bit of investigation you would have known that your entire article is a whole load of Hog-Wash.

  4. This reporter is biased and it is very obvious to even the blind that his “investigation” consisted of several well placed calls to the management or vice versa in an attempt to detract from the root of the problem within the Fire Service.

  5. Dumbest article ever! Total crap! Obviously u kno of nothing goin on in the SLFS . The voice shud be a shamed to be posting such nonsense. Stop decieving people Williams!

  6. I totally agree. It is quite obvious that this Shane Felix has always been jealous of Mr. Fontenelle. Felix has always been a very talented individual with great people skills. This talent caused his jealousy, he felt and continues to feel that he was more deserving of being in a higher position than Mr. Fontenelle. Something personal happened between the two and Felix, not wanting to submit to authority, because he thought he was or should have been on the same level of Mr. Fontenelle. His obsession with this caused him to use his great people skills for destruction. He has used this to lead fire officers and even a nation against the poor man. If you really look at the situation with a non-biased eye, you will see that what I am saying is true. The truth with come out and you will all see that what I am saying is not speculation, but truth.

  7. I totally agree. It is quite obvious that this Shane Felix has always been jealous of Mr. Fontenelle. Felix has always been a very talented individual with great people skills. This talent caused his jealousy, he felt and continues to feel that he was more deserving of being in a higher position than Mr. Fontenelle. Something personal happened between the two and Felix, not wanting to submit to authority, because he thought he was or should have been on the same level of Mr. Fontenelle. His obsession with this caused him to use his great people skills for destruction. He has used this to lead fire officers and even a nation against the poor man. If you really look at the situation with a non-biased eye, you will see that what I am saying is true. The truth with come out and you will all see that what I am saying is not speculation, but truth.

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