Treasurer charged with theft of $300K

Saturday, October 11, 2014 


Over a 6 year period, the treasurer of Westwood Fire Company stole $300,000 from their funds for personal use, including purchases while on vacation in Hawaii. Hower Smith was a long standing member of the department and now faces multiple counts of theft related charges.  Read more at:



Two separate incidents put Philadelphia FD in spotlight

Sunday, October 5, 2014 


Philadelphia Fire Department is in the public eye for two separate incidents involving their off-duty personnel.  Lt Jemal Johnson was charged with kidnapping and sexual assault while Firefighter Michael Lawson was charged with assault on two individuals. Whether on or off-duty, your actions will reflect upon your department.  Read more at:



Firefighter arrested after speeding over 100mph on highway

Saturday, October 4, 2014 


Owings Mills volunteer firefighter Anthony Muniz is facing a list of charging after leaving a bar and speeding down the highway at over 100mph. When police got Muniz stopped, they found him smelling of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, and had slurred speech. Muniz had a suspended license, open alcohol containers, marijuana books, and more. Read  the rest of the story at:,0,6326737.story



Federal funding in question due to fraud

Friday, October 3, 2014 


The Department of the Interior Inspector General has issued a full report that outlines how the Bureau of Land Management failed to keep accurate accounts of where the federal dollars were allocated to, and in some cases spent funds on things other than what was permitted including fires that didn’t even happen. Read more at:



Firefighters get into argument at accident scene

Thursday, October 2, 2014 


Sometimes when you’re so passionate about what you do, it’s hard to suppress when you have a difference of opinion. It happens, but when it happens on the fire scene nobody wins.  Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey is now faced with figuring out what happened on the scene of an auto accident in which two of his firefighters got into a disagreement of some sort. Read more at:



Volunteer enjoyed the thrill, now arrested for arson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 


A 19yo man joined Big Cabin Volunteer Fire Department on Aug 1 and allegedly began a string of arson fires. The department answers approximately 60 calls a year, but since Jesse Bennett had joined they ran almost 10 in one month. Bennett was arrested on 8 counts of arson for motive of the thrill of responding and fighting fires. Read more at:



Orlando investigation centers around cash payments for events

Sunday, September 21, 2014 


Have a proper paper trail for any monetary transactions! It is hard to believe, but that is the center of a current investigation surrounding cash payment for events in which emergency personnel received payment for in Orlando.  An estimate of the amount in question is not known at this time; however they provided one example in which $79K is debatable.  Read more about the details at:



Lexington firefighter injures several in hit & run accident

Sunday, September 21, 2014 


The community is saddened to know a firefighter was behind the wheel of a hit and run accident that left several people injured and a business heavily damaged.  Jarad McCargo was arrested after authorities tracked & found his vehicle outside of his home and will now faces several charges.  McCargo was operating a vehicle when it jumped a sidewalk, smashed into a local bar, injuring several, and then immediately sped away.  Read more about this at:



Former Division Chief facing felony charges

Friday, September 19, 2014 


Formerly a division chief of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Patrick Warren is now facing over 15 counts of felony charges.  Warren is alleged to have unlawfully using a computer and looking at particular emails & files he shouldn’t have.   Read more about this at:



Suggestive banner could lead to disciplinary action

Thursday, September 18, 2014 


Your words are your image. The fate of firefighters who displayed a banner during a fireman’s convention will soon learn their fate. The banner with suggestive wording was displayed directly underneath their fire company banner, and has a lot of mixed feelings in the public eye. Read more at:



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