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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Captain’s Parents Sue for Daughter’s Death

The parents of the Colerain Township Fire Department captain killed in the line of duty on April 4, 2008, have filed suit against a host defendants. Captain Robin Broxterman was killed along with FF Brian Schira when they became trapped ...

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New Haven Case Takes Another Step Forward… we think….

The beleaguered and litigation weary New Haven Fire Department took another step closer to resolving the contentious and demoralizing fight over promotions that has been going on for five years. Under order from the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court ...

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Open Records Law Suit in California

The Anderson Fire Protection District, in Anderson, California has been sued by The Record Searchlight to obtain an investigator's report on the conduct of its former fire chief. Attorney Walter McNeill, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the newspaper in Shasta ...

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Age Discrimination Case Settled on Long Island

An unusual age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 17 volunteer firefighters on Long Island has been settled.   In a suit filed nearly a year ago, the EEOC alleged age discrimination in ...

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Murder Conviction for Death of EMT

Joseph Taye of Bear, Deleware, was convicted of first degree murder today in the tragic death of Michelle Smith, a 29-year-old emergency medical technician with the Delaware City Fire Company. Smith was killed on December 20, 2008, while attending to ...

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Another Firefighter Charged with Arson

Another firefighter has been charged with arson, this time a paid-on-call firefighter in Presque Isle, Maine. He is accused of setting a fire at Northeast Packaging Co., where he was also employed. The fire last Friday, November 13th, 2009, destroyed the ...

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West Virginia Firefighters Charged with Arson

Four volunteer firefighters from Logan County, West Virginia have been arrested on arson charges. The three adults and one juvenile, along with two non-firefighters, were charged in connection with several fires in the Buffalo Creek area that occurred last spring. Channel ...

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$2.5 Million Verdict Against Fresno

A Federal District Court jury in California awarded a mother $2.5 million for sex discrimination arising from her departure from the Fresno Fire Department. The woman, Michelle Maher, was a Fresno Fire recruit in 2005, but alleges she was discriminated against ...

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New Twist in Chopmist Hill Case

A new twist arose this week in the ongoing controversy between the Chopmist Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Scituate, RI. The lawyer for the town's insurer, Marc DeSisto, has asked that the case be removed from State Superior ...

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Black Firefighters Sue Local 22, Philadelphia Firefighters

A group of black Philadelphia firefighters filed suit on November 11, 2009 against their union, IAFF Local 22, alleging race discrimination. The group, named the Club Valiants, is seeking class action status on behalf of aproximately 500 African-American firefighters in Philadelphia. The suit ...

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