Illinois FD Sued by Fall Victim

An Illinois woman who was injured in a fall last year, has filed suit accusing the Joliet Fire Department and two of its paramedics with committing gross negligence. Pamela Sinram and her husband Kevin filed suit this week in Will County Circuit Court.

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Pink Collar Theft in Pennsylvania Fire Company

The treasurer of a Pennsylvania fire company has been charged with stealing over $70,000 from the company. Nichole Lynn Rawson, 31, is facing eighteen criminal charges. She was the treasurer of the Strattanville Volunteer Fire Department.

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Texas Fire Chief Fired Following Child Porn Charges

A Texas fire chief has been terminated following his arrest on child pornography charges. Port Neches Fire Chief Paul Nelson was arrested last week on a single count of promoting child pornography. Port Neches Police Chief Paul LeMoine was quoted as saying:

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Florida Captain Charged With Soliciting a Minor

A Florida fire captain has been placed on administrative leave without pay following his arrest on charges of soliciting a minor. William Scott Johnson, 58, a captain with the Ormond Beach Fire Department, was arrested with agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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NC Fire Department Sued for Death of Woman Run Over on Beach

The estate of a Virginia woman who died after being run over by a fire department pickup truck while lying on a North Carolina beach has filed suit against the fire department and the vehicle’s driver. Martha Mackey DeMontpellier died on September 14, 2019 after being struck by a Chevrolet Silverado belonging to the Chicamacomico Banks Fire Department.

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Colorado Wrongful Termination Suit Settled

A wrongful termination lawsuit filed last June by a Colorado deputy chief has been settled. Deputy Chief Kevin Ratzmann sued the Los Pinos Fire Protection District alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract and promissory estoppel.

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Everett Firefighter Sues Alleging Race Discrimination

An Everett, Washington firefighter has filed suit alleging race discrimination and retaliation. Jason O. Anderson filed suit last week in US District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging one court of race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and one count of retaliation.

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Washington Firefighter Sues Claiming Military Discrimination

A Washington state firefighter who was repeatedly denied accommodations for his military service has filed suit in federal court claiming a violation of Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). Brett Martinson filed suit yesterday against Central Pierce Fire & Rescue.

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New York Fire Department Sued for Gender Discrimination in Hiring

A female applicant for the Mount Vernon Fire Department has filed suit claiming the city’s use of physical abilities performance criteria to rank candidates unlawfully discriminates against women. Brittany Montana filed suit against the City of Mount Vernon alleging a violation of federal and state discrimination law.

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NJ EMT’s License Suspended Pending Criminal Charges

A New Jersey EMT who is facing criminal charges for secretly filming people in bathrooms at the headquarters of two EMS organizations, has had his license suspended by the New Jersey Department of Health. MyCentralJersey.com is reporting that the state has suspended the EMT license of Douglas Gimson.

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NY Firefighter Sues Alleging FMLA Violation and Retaliation

A firefighter in Olean, New York has filed suit claiming he was discriminated and retaliated against for having taken leave for the birth of his son. Justin Melfi filed suit in US District Court for the Western District of New York on January 8, 2021 naming the City of Olean, Mayor William Aiello and Chief Tim Richardson.

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