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Grand Rapids water rescue payment generates controversy

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GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- Along with paying for flood-damaged roadways and other structures, some officials are wondering who will be paying for unnecessary water rescues.

Since the weekend, emergency personnel have conducted six of those, only one of which, according to Kent County Emergency Management Director Jack Stewart, was necessary.  Since the various departments do not charge for rescues, taxpayers pick up the tab.

State Representative Brandon Dillon says he'd be glad to introduce legislation making people responsible for preventable water rescues.