Alleged scam now involves fire department

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 


Scamming someone is terrible to begin with, but why would you bring your fire department into it with you? That’s exactly what is alleged Eric Watson did while purchasing a motor home from a couple in Florida.  He had responded to an advertisement of sale the couple had placed for their motor home and identified himself as a Seattle area firefighter, paid some in cash and money order, and the remainder would be coming from his PayPal account.  The PayPal portion never came. Read more about this at:



Is it horseplay or is it workplace violence?

Monday, August 4, 2014 


In the eyes of the Mayor it was a bit more serious than horseplay, and now one Lebanon firefighter is suspended for two weeks with a one-year probation, another with a six month probation, and two others were issued written reprimands.  The source of the incident? Passing gas! One firefighter passed gas intentionally close to another firefighter and he retaliated with putting him into a chokehold until he passed out.  Read more about this at:



Former fire chief plead guilty of theft of over $650

Friday, August 1, 2014 


From 2010-2013, former Fire Chief David MacBean made unauthorized purchases over $650K with the department credit cards and bank accounts. MacBean plead guilty to the charges, apologized, and claimed that he had a shopping addiction. Read more at:



FDNY firefighters honored for saving children

Friday, August 1, 2014 


Members of FDNY Ladder 107, Engine 225 and EMS 39 and 58 were honored for their heroic efforts in saving three young children from an apartment fire. A job well done! Read more and see their photo at:



San Francisco firefighter helps to catch suspect

Friday, August 1, 2014 


A carjacker suspect is now behind bars, thanks to the efforts of San Francisco firefighter Damien Orduna who witnessed the chaos while returning from a call.  Orduna parked the ladder truck and tackled the suspect, ending the chase. Read more at:



Paramedic reunited with child struck by vehicle

Friday, August 1, 2014 


First responders render aid daily to anyone who calls for help during their darkest moments. It is rare that they get to see them at their best. So you can imagine the delight when Paramedic Kerry White was able to meet the very brave 4 year old little girl who was struck by a vehicle last October. The magnitude of injuries sustained by the little girl were so severe that she nearly lost her legs. Because of the fast actions and skills of the paramedic and many successful surgeries she continues to be on the road to recovery. Read more at:



Medical Center donates toward new helmets

Friday, August 1, 2014 


The wildfire season is approaching the Los Angeles area and now LAFD will have new helmets to protect them! The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation received $50,000 from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to help purchase 3,200 helmets.  An outstanding example of how our relationships with our public safety partners are so critical.  Read more at:



Firefighter awarded $60K after ruling in verbal & physical harassment case

Thursday, July 31, 2014 


Elmont Fire Department’s female firefighter Beatrice Lozada was just awarded $60K in her case against the department. She claimed sexual harassment in the form of verbal and physical inappropriateness that was started by a lieutenant and the rest repeated the actions. The department must pay a $25K fine as well. Read more at:



Not one, not two, but THREE FD leadership arrested

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 


Not one, not two, but three members of West Chilton County Volunteer Fire Department’s leadership were arrested for theft of funds and property from the department. Two former treasurers, Donna Tate and Apache Corona, and the Fire Chief, Steve Tate, all are facing first degree theft and/or extortion charges. Read more at:



Firefighter arrested second time for domestic battery

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 


Orlando Fire Department firefighter Christopher Colon has been arrested for a second time for alleged domestic battery.  The incident is still under investigation the department has temporarily reassigned him to administrative duty. In the previous arrest, involving the same female, charges were dropped after it was determined both subjects were consuming alcohol at the time. Read more at:



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