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Struggling N.J. city lays off cops, firefighters

I can't imagine how hard it would be to make the final walk that the firefighters in the images below are being asked to take.

AP reports: In a solemn display, laid-off firefighters and police officers lined up Tuesday to turn in their helmets and badges — symbols of deep budget cuts that were destined to further erode the quality of life in one of the nation's most impoverished and crime-ridden cities.

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Firefighters hug outside a firehouse on Jan. 18, in Camden, N.J., after being laid off. The layoffs affect close to one-fourth of the city government workforce in one of the nation's most impoverished places.

Mel Evans / AP

Firefighters applaud Andy Delgado, back to camera, a five-year-veteran of the Camden Fire Department, as he tells them to keep their hopes up on Jan. 18, in Camden, N.J., as they prepare to turn in their gear after being laid off. About 335 workers, representing one-sixth of the local government work force, lost their jobs, according to Mayor Dana Redd. It was worst in the public safety departments, where nearly half the police force and close to one-third of the city's firefighters were laid off.

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