There’s shocking news coming out of Fate.
The mayor and a city council member want to be tased, and, yes, there’s a good cause behind their request for a 50,000-volt jolt.
Mayor Lorne Megyesi and his brother, City Councilman Lance Megyesi, want to raise at least $10,000 in donations for a Citizens On Patrol (COP) program in Fate.
If the drive to raise $5,000 on behalf of each of the public officials is successful, they will take the Taser “ride” in a public forum that hasn’t been officially scheduled.
The brothers are fully aware of what they can expect.
A Fate Department of Public Safety officer explained that 50,000 volts would pulsate through their bodies for five seconds.
The mayor and city councilman also watched videos of Fate DPS officers receiving their required tasing. To carry a Taser, they must be certified. And to be certified, they must be tased.
Not only did they see each officer fall forward after being tased, they also heard each man’s involuntary screams.
Still, the mayor said, “You can do anything for 5 seconds.
“To raise $10,000 for the DPS, 5 seconds is nothing,” he said.
So, the drive for the Taser ride is on.
The mayor said it was his idea to have a $10,000 fundraiser for the DPS.
But it was DPS Director Brian Griffeth’s idea to raise the money to “jump start” a COP program in Fate.
The money would be used to train COP volunteers and provide them with a car.
According to a Wikipedia definition, a Taser is an electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles, causing neuromuscular incapacitation.
Donations can be made at the Fate DPS or any city office until Aug. 30.
Donations also can be made by mail at P.O. Box 159, Fate, 75132, or online at www.gofundme.com/a9soj8.
Checks should be made payable to the Fate Department of Public Safety.