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Drinking, Sex, Sexual Orientation and Race Discrimination Top Fire Law Headlines

Firelawblog.com - 4 hours 45 min ago
Last week was a very busy week Fire Law-wise. Besides the five headline stories I covered, there were a seemingly endless stream of additional cases that broke. Let’s take a quick look at several of the more important cases that otherwise would have slipped through the cracks.
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Termination of Cleveland Sub Scammer Upheld

Firelawblog.com - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:36
The Cleveland firefighter who was at the center of a shift-trading scandal in 2013, has lost his race discrimination suit in US District Court. Calvin Robinson was fired in 2014 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor offense of Complicity to Solicit or Receive Improper Compensation.
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Headline Pimping: Swat Medic’s Shooting of Handcuffed Prisoner Prompts Lawsuit

Firelawblog.com - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:44
“A man is shot and killed by a firefighter while handcuffed in the woods.” WOW… if that lead-in doesn’t get your attention. Don’t you love the news media? Let’s pimp this story for all its worth! I suppose that headline is a lot more dramatic than saying: Swat Medic Who Saved Police Officer’s Life Sued By Family Of Inmate Who Grabbed Officer’s Gun.
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Florida Fire Chief and Wife Arrested After Accident

Firelawblog.com - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:15
The fire chief of Port Richey and his wife were arrested over the weekend following a motorcycle accident. Timothy Ollie Fussell was charged with driving under the influence and battery on a law enforcement officer, and his wife, Suzanna, was charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence.
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NC Fire Captain Sentenced On Child Pornography Charges

Firelawblog.com - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:40
A North Carolina fire captain who was caught with child pornography on his fire department computer, has been sentenced to 51 months in prison. Aaron Lanning, 39, plead guilty last week to five counts of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
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Australian Officers Claim Union Intimidation Forced Them Off Job

Firelawblog.com - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:12
Ten former officers with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne, Australia are filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit accusing the MFB of allowing union members to bully, intimidate, and ultimately force them off the job.
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NY Firefighter Sues for Race Discrimination

Firelawblog.com - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:23
A volunteer firefighter in New York is suing his former fire department in federal court alleging race discrimination. Sean Joshua filed suit against the Valley Stream Fire Department alleging race discrimination under state and federal law.
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Boston Firefighter Suspended Over Social Media Posts

Firelawblog.com - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 08:52
A veteran Boston firefighter has been suspended over a social media post that depicted a man carrying a decapitated head. Octavius Rowe, a 15 year veteran member of the Boston Fire Department, was placed on paid administrative leave on October 2, 2017.
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NH Firefighter Alleges Age and Disability Discrimination

Firelawblog.com - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:59
A former firefighter in New Hampshire is suing his company officer and his fire department accusing both of age discrimination, disability discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Benjamin P. Noyes filed suit law week against the City of Dover.
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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Howard County Social Media Appeal

Firelawblog.com - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:46
The US Supreme Court has denied the request of Howard County Battalion Chief Kevin Buker to consider an appeal of his termination in 2013. Chief Buker was fired following a series of Facebook posts that began over the gun-control debate
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Delaware Fire Company Sued For Third Time By Same Member

Firelawblog.com - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 18:51
A volunteer fire company in Delaware is being sued for the third time by a female member who now claims she has been retaliated against on account of her previous suits. Wendy Lowe is suing the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. alleging breach of contract, due process, defamation, and civil conspiracy
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Detroit Terminates Firefighter Who Brought Watermelon to Station

Firelawblog.com - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 08:42
At first I thought this had to be a fake story, but it appears to be true. A probationary firefighter in Detroit was let go because he brought a watermelon with a pink ribbon on it to his new firehouse as a welcome gift.
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Pennsylvania Firefighter Sentenced To Prison For Theft-Related Arson

Firelawblog.com - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:42
The two most common criminal offenses in the volunteer fire service involve embezzlement and arson. A volunteer from Pennsylvania is heading to prison for setting his own vehicle on fire to cover up his theft of fire company raffle proceeds.
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Illinois Village Reverses Course on Privatizing Fire Department

Firelawblog.com - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:05
Elected officials in an Illinois village that took its taxpayers and firefighters on a three year $800,000 legal journey to privatize the fire department only to lose at every turn, have agreed to give up the fight. Mayor Hubert Hermanek, Jr. has announced that the Village of North Riverside will stop pursuing privatizing its firefighting protection services
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Termination of Massachusetts Firefighter Upheld

Firelawblog.com - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:03
The termination of a Massachusetts firefighter who was charged with domestic assault has been upheld by the state’s civil service commission. North Attleborough firefighter Glenn Lavery was fired following a domestic incident that resulted in the arrest of both Lavery and his estranged girl friend.
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Massachusetts Medic Suspended Over Racist NFL Post

Firelawblog.com - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:52
A Massachusetts paramedic whose Facebook post referred to NFL football players who took a knee during the national anthem as “porch monkeys” has been suspended by her part-time fire department and terminated by her ambulance company.
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Three Former Florida Fire Chiefs Charged With Fraud

Firelawblog.com - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 18:31
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has charged three former fire chiefs from the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department with fraud. The arrests follow a seven-month investigation into allegations of misappropriation of funds from the now defunct fire company
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Las Vegas Fire Installing Surveillance Cameras At Stations

Firelawblog.com - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 19:45
The City of Las Vegas is following through on plans to install video surveillance at its fire stations in the aftermath of recent sex-on-duty scandals. The plan was announced last May by Fire Chief William McDonald to help cope with several recent incidents of inappropriate sexual activities at fire stations.
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Small Fire Departments and Overtime

Firelawblog.com - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 18:30
Today’s burning question: I work for a small town fire department as one of two paid firefighters. Everyone else is a volunteer. The town manager refuses to pay us overtime until we work 212 hours in 28 days. Everywhere else I have ever worked, overtime had to be paid after 40 hours in a week. Can the town manager get away with this?
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Pennsylvania Chief Who Directed Racial Slur At Steeelers Coach Resigns

Firelawblog.com - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 16:34
A Pennsylvania fire chief who use a racial slur in a Facebook post directed at Pittsburg Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin over his team's handling of the NFL National Anthem protest, has resigned. Fire Chief Paul Smith stepped down from the Muse Volunteer Fire Company today following outrage over his post on Sunday.
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