HAMMOND — City Councilman Anthony Higgs, D-3rd, said he is sorry he upset city police and ambulance workers earlier this month in his search for money missing from his home.
Higgs recently issued a public apology following complaints by Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and other city officials that Higgs insulted city workers over claims $200 in cash were missing from his residence.
"In my lifetime, living in Hammond, I have had countless interactions with the Police and Fire departments of the city. The personnel that serve and protect our city have done so with the utmost respect and professionalism.
"The latest encounter was no different. My health is not what it should be, and I have come to depend on emergency professionals to help me in my time of need.
"Rather than thanking them for their bravery and service," he states he appears to have questioned their integrity. "For that I am truly sorry. I hope that you will accept my apology," he wrote.
Police and fire officials report an ambulance was called March 3 to the Higgs home in the 1100 block of Morris Street in Hammond's 3rd District, because the councilman was having a medical emergency. Police were called when he became combative.
Several hours later, Higgs was telling police and firefighters $200 was missing from a kitchen table in his house. Higgs said last week he was only making inquiries.
Hammond Fire Chief Jeffery C. Smith complained last week Higgs accused his men of stealing $200 from the Higgs family house and implied he would punish disrespectful firefighters financially.
Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said he considered the accusation outrageous.
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