UPDATE: New Haven firefighter has now been terminated

Monday, June 2, 2014 


Update to previous story:  New Haven firefighter Aaron Brantley was arrested in January on felony bribery charges, and has now been terminated from his position within the department. Brantley’s formal sentencing will be in July as a result of his attempt to bribe two fire department officials in a discrimination case. What is even more interesting is the approach of one of the Commissioners who cast a no vote. Read about this at: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/firefighter_terminated_due_to_bribery_charges/id_67944



Firefighter charged for OVI & Police officer fired!

Monday, June 2, 2014 


Dayton Fire Department firefighter Brandon Lee is facing his third suspension with the department, this time for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  A hit and run incident led police to find Firefighter Lee’s vehicle crashed into others and the situation got worse for both Lee and one of the arresting officers. Lee was charged one year probation, a $50 fine and issued a 30day suspension from the department. One of the officers at the scene however, has been terminated. Read more at: http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/police-officer-fired-failing-charge-firefighter-du/ngBCh/



Treasurer charged with theft of $30K

Friday, May 30, 2014 


Schuyler Lake Fire Department’s past Treasurer discovered missing money when she returned from a leave of absence.  State Police have arrested the acting Treasurer and wife of the Fire Chief, Lori Lamb, for stealing nearly $30K from the department.  Read more at: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Police-Woman-stole-29K-from-fire-department-5512296.php



Silver Medal of Valor awarded to off duty Portland firefighter

Friday, May 30, 2014 


Portland Fire Bureau firefighter Nick Weichal was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for his heroic actions during his drive home after work in March. Weichal came upon a multi-vehicle accident in which two occupants were pinned in their burning vehicle and he took heroic efforts to rescue them. Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/05/portland_firefighter_awarded_s.html



Memphis Fire Dept Lieutenant arrested during traffic stop

Thursday, May 29, 2014 


As a result of a traffic stop, Memphis Fire Department Lieutenant Karl Jackson was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon and traffic violations. When he was pulled over for speeding, police say he became uncooperative and when they searched the vehicle they found loaded weapons that he did not have a permit for.  Read more at: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/05/29/brief-memphis-firefighter-arrested-on-weapons-charge-after-traffic-stop-a-510639.html#.U4iHk3rD_cs



UPDATE: 2013 San Fran fire appartus crash

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 


This is an update to a June 2013 incident in which firefighter Michael Quinn was driving fire apparatus that struck and severely injured a motorcyclist.  If you recall, Quinn was captured on surveillance video at a nearby bar immediately after the incident drinking large amounts of water, and had a BAC of 0.13 hours later.  Two of the department’s assistant chiefs are now receiving suspensions in relation to the incident for failure to follow proper policy. Read more at: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law/2-fire-officials-suspended-connection-13-suspected/nf8JK/



Probie firefighter misused emergency lights on POV

Sunday, May 25, 2014 


In a ‘your word against mine’ incident, a probationary firefighter is now facing charges and potential suspension over the use of his emergency lights on his personally owned vehicle (POV).  According to an eye witness, Thomas Leon Reid III turned on his emergency lights, was chasing the witness and driving carelessly. Reid claims he was delivering pizza for his employer. At any rate, law enforcement issued a warrant, and Rock Hill Rescue Squad will launch an investigation on their probationary firefighter.  According to Rock Hill Rescue Squad, emergency lights are not permitted to be used by probationary firefighters and infractions of this rule could result in a 30 day suspension. Read more at:  http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/22/3462195/deputies-rescue-squad-member-arrested.html



UPDATE: Attorney General files suit against volunteer fire company

Sunday, May 25, 2014 


An update to the previous posting we shared with you about Kingsdale Volunteer Fire Company in which the Attorney General’s office had filed suit against them. The fire company was still collecting funds, despite not providing services to the citizens since 2008.  The company announced on their website that they opted to dissolve the company. Read more at:  http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-chief/articles/1919265-volunteer-fire-department-under-investigation-shuts-down



Firefighter suspended after DWI

Thursday, May 22, 2014 


After being stopped for speeding, Austin firefighter Randall Black was also arrested for driving drunk. As a result, he will be suspended from his job with Austin Fire Dept for 60 days. Read more at: http://kxan.com/2014/05/21/firefighter-slapped-with-60-day-suspension-for-dwi/



Firefighter stole pain killers

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 


An addiction to pain medication led firefighter Timothy Greenlee to take Fentanyl from a South Bend ambulance. Greenlee plead guilty to theft and official misconduct however, South Bend Board of Public Safety ruled to terminate him from the department. Read more at:  http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/south-bend-firefighter-fired-for-stealing-pain-meds-from-ambulance/26095008



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