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Atlanta first responders post raise demands on billboards


Two billboards have gone up showing Atlanta first responders and their families are demanding raises.

The digital billboards are on Northside Drive at North Avenue, and I-75/I-85 at University.

The billboards were paid for by Atlanta police officers, fire fighters and dispatchers and their families.

Kelly Uhlis talked to CBS Atlanta News about the billboards her husband is an Atlanta police captain.

"The mayor came out last Friday and said, ‘We'll offer a one percent [pay] raise.' We're saying that's not enough, " said Uhlis.

She joined in with the families of other first responders to put up the billboards that read: "First to respond, last to get paid. Atlanta City Council 52 percent pay raise, first responders?"

"They love their city, but they don't feel like the Mayor and city council love them back. They haven't been shown it," said Uhlis.

Mayor Kasim Reed's office responded to CBS Atlanta News with a statement saying in part:

"Under Mayor Reed's proposal for the FY 2014 budget, first responders would receive another 1 percent raise bringing their increase to 4.5 percent since he has been in office. We believe that in these tough economic times, the proposal shows mayor reed's commitment to fairly compensating the women and men who protect our city."

Uhlis told CBS Atlanta News one percent isn't enough for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day.

"That' $10 to $15 extra to their paycheck every two weeks. So not even a half a tank of gas," said Uhlis.

The group plans to hold a rally outside of Atlanta City Hall on Thursday and one on Friday at 9 a.m. The public is invited.

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