Occupy Protests Prevent Sheriff's Deputy From Performing Free Manual Labor

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A pair of men tossing bricks and metal pipes off rooftops and onto the crowd below was an unforeseen consequence of the Occupy movement. And, it would seem, so is a delay in the opening of the nascent Guardians of the City Museum.

That's because Senior Sheriff's Deputy Michael Anderson is working intake these days. And with an uptake in intake due to the Occupy protests, he's been kept very busy. And when Anderson is busy, he can't do what he really wants to do -- work.

Anderson's free time is spent performing copious amounts of backbreaking free manual labor on the future site of the museum at 1152 Oak St. So far, he's spent "well over 2,000 hours of my own time" refurbishing the building along with other public safety workers. He's in the midst of restoring the floors. But extra time at the jail is keeping him off his hands and knees at the future museum; the floors remain unfinished and the building remains unopened.

The museum will celebrate the history of San Francisco emergency personnel, a list including police, fire, sheriffs, 911 services, paramedics, and NERT -- civilian volunteers. Each of these services had been collecting ephemera for its own museum -- "so we combined because we were failing individually," notes Anderson.

The building at 1152 Oak, a historic firehouse, had been used as a warehouse prior to being transferred over to the Guardians of the City, a partnership of San Francisco public safety workers.

Anderson is uncertain when, exactly, the brick-and-mortar museum will open its doors. But, as long as protesters keep tossing bricks and mortar off rooftops, it remains out of his hands. Right now, it seems, he's occupied.

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