Fort Wayne police, firefighters to get a cold-weather bonus

Working in frigid weather can be difficult and even dangerous, but it can also be rewarding — as Fort Wayne police officers and firefighters are about to discover.

Mayor Tom Henry has announced public safety employees who worked while city offices were closed during the recent polar vortex will receive time and a half compensation for their efforts. The departments were able to find the necessary resources in their approved 2019 budgets to fund the additional compensation.

“Public safety is a top priority in the city of Fort Wayne. I appreciate and respect the work that our police officers and firefighters perform each day to serve and protect all of us,” Henry said in a statement. “During the recent polar vortex, the brave men and women of the FWPD and FWFD stepped up and didn’t back down from the life-threatening conditions that our city experienced. We’re fortunate to live in a community that values and understands the importance of public safety.”

The extra compensation will be included in their next paycheck on Feb. 22.