A "Partner in Progress"

Firefighter arrested for theft

Thursday, January 30, 2014 


A bad decision firefighter Leonel Cantu Jr made in 2010 to take a back hoe from an elementary school, has finally been issued a formal charge of theft. Read more at: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/article_57b74bf4-8951-11e3-b132-001a4bcf6878.html



UPDATE: Firefighter's relationship will likely cost him his job

Thursday, January 30, 2014 


We had previously reported to you about Columbus firefighter Marc Cain's relationship and actions will likely cost him his job. It is alleged he was having extramarital affairs inside the station and perhaps higher ups knew about it. The investigation is continuing and more details begin to unfold. While names haven't been released, there are more allegations that another firefighter has perhaps been engaged in the same misconduct. Read more at: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/01/29/columbus-firefighter-investigation-third-person.html



After multiple arrests, DC will order background checks

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 


We have shared with you multiple reports of firefighters being arrested from D.C. recently. With 11 firefighters arrested in the last 4 months, Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe has made it known to his staff that background checks will be conducted on all personnel in the field. This is something Chief Dennis Rubin had initiated but after his departure was no longer continued. The department conducts initial background checks upon hiring and leaves it up to the employee to report any arrests after that. Read more about this at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/28/arrests-prompt-dc-fire-department-to-check-employe/



Firefighter arrested for fuel purchases

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 

Eolia Fire Protection District Fire Chief noticed an unusally large quantity of fuel being purchased over the past 60 days. As a result, Gale E. Epple, has been arrested and charged with fraudulent charges of the departments fuel cards.  Read more at: http://www.bowlinggreentimes.com/?p=11720



Probie fired after filing a complaint

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 


Ironically probationary firefighter, Matthew Bruno was fired from Greenville Fire District the very same day he filed a complaint about being a victim of ongoing sexual harrassment incidents. This is not a new issue for this department according to other members, including his father. Read more about these incidents at: http://www.lohud.com/article/20140128/NEWS02/301280042/Ex-Greenville-firefighter-victim-sexual-harassment-lawsuit?nclick_check=1



Countless recognitions awarded to Indianapolis Fire Department

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 

It was a year for the history books for Indianapolis Fire Department, as told by the over 100 awards that were given to their members and citizens during their Recognition Ceremony. Read about the outstanding achievements of this department and community, including a life-saving rescue of one of their own at: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/01/indianapolis-in-fire-department-conducts-recognition-ceremony.html



Firefighters honored for saving a family

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 


On October 8th, 2013, Engineer Craig Kirk and Firefighter Brent Barkham of DeSoto Fire Rescue responded to and rescued a family from their burning home. The family was in attendance during the meeting in which City Council presented them with the Meritorous Service Award for their heroic efforts. Read more at: http://focusdailynews.com/desoto-city-council-honors-fire-fighters-p11973-1.htm



Firefighters receive Liberty Mutual Firemark Award

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 


The Liberty Mutual Firemark Award was presented to three Winston-Salem firefighters in recognition of their heroic acts. Congratulations to Captain Scottie Emerson abd Engineer Matt Casstevens for their life-saving rescue of a fellow firefighter, and Firefighter Ray Lacy for a critical PD assist in an apprehension of a gunman. Read more at: http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/314348/327/3-Winston-Salem-Firefighters-To-Be-Awarded-For-Heroic-Acts



Apparatus driver charged in fire truck vs motorcycle

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 


Gregg Barr was turning back into the Bennington Rural Fire Department last November when the appartus and a motorcycle collided. Barr was not wearing corrective lenses at the time of the crash and has been charged with a misdemeanor. Read more at: http://rutlandherald.com/article/20140128/THISJUSTIN/701289941/0/NEWS04



Firefighter honored for 60 years of service

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 


Anderson County Fire Department recently recognized several outstanding individuals at their annual banquet, including Preston Lewis. Lewis was honored for his 60 years of service, 24 of them as fire chief at their Broadway station. Read more about this firefighter's dedication and efforts in starting the Broadway Volunteer Fire Dept at: http://www.independentmail.com/news/2014/jan/27/lewis-sexton-earn-top-firefighter-awards/



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