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Santa Ride Leads to Suspensions of 3 in Grinchville

A South Carolina fire chief, captain and firefighter have been suspended for 90 days because they allowed Santa to ride on a truck during a parade last December.

The Anderson County Fire Commissioners suspended three members of the Starr Fire Department for allegedly violating county policy by allowing an unauthorized person (Santa) to ride on a county vehicle.  The discipline follows a month long “investigation”.

The 90 day suspensions began last week. According to now suspended Starr Fire Chief Gary Shaw, he has been told the 90 day suspension is not all he has to look forward to. The county has demoted him to firefighter and prohibited him from serving in any officer’s role for at least one full year. Chief Shaw has been with the Starr Fire Department for 42 years and served as chief for the past 22 years.

However, a number of questions about the discipline are being raised.

First of all, the vehicle in question was apparently not owned by the county, but rather belonged to the Starr Fire Department. They recently bought the Dodge 3500 chassis with the intent of customizing it for use as a brush unit. It was essentially just an unlettered stake body pickup and not in service as an emergency vehicle.

Secondly, the “unauthorized person” who was allowed to ride on the vehicle (“Santa”), was actually a Starr fire captain posing as Santa. He was one of those suspended.

So how was a charge of allowing an unauthorized person to ride on a county vehicle sustained… when it was not a county vehicle and the person who supposedly was unauthorized, actually was authorized?

And seriously, they suspended Santa himself?

Makes you wonder whether the Grinch has left Whoville and taken up residence in Anderson County?

Then there’s the question of who gets punished when a volunteer firefighter is suspended, the member or the community? And 90 days for a first offense? What is really going on here? YCMTSU!!!

A meeting of concerned citizens was held in Starr this weekend attended by over 100 people. To put that into perspective the population of Starr is  just 180. The citizens are concerned not only about fire protection for the next 90 days but the apparent unfairness of the discipline imposed.

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  • Shibbj

    I sense politics. 

  • Mark

    ~The Anderson County fire commission has always been just a bunch of good old boys just want to think they are somebody instead of knowing about fire protection.  They do things like this on occasion to just throw their weight around and show they have some authority!  Overall the county has very good fire protection but it's not because of the commissioners.

  • Ken Charles

    Back door politics. The Good Ole Boy System is wide open in Anderson County.

     

  • Steve

    3 Steps Forward 30 Steps Back. Come on ACFD Does NOT need to to run like town of Iva.

     

  • John A. Varone

    Seems just about right; same logic a SC JUDGE  MUST RETIRE AT AGE 72: much too old to think; but can walk right in an represent  a murderer  in the same court room he just got booted out of. JUST A BUNCH OF GOOD OLE BOYS THINKING OUT LOUD AGAIN. MUCH TOO MUCH SHRIMP & GRITS.

  • Scott carey

    lets get rid of the people that think like this . this is what takes away from being a american. we want to call them out and remember that these are the types of people who destroyed our way of life. Peice of crap. fire departments around here already work for free.

     

  • James

    How can the county have any say about a vehicle that is not bought by TaxPayer money and furthermore how can they suspend them if the coverage of ins is not done so by the county but covered by the Starr Fire Department? This is not a liability to the county.  Thinking the Comminisher may have a grudge!!!!!

  • Janet Metz

    Politics  Politics Politics!!!

  • ??????????????? MRS. CLAUSE

    SEEMS LIKE THEY GOT MORE TIME ON HAND THAN WHAT THEY NEED …WE NEED TO LOOK INTO WHAT THEY DO WITH EXTRA TIME…AS FOR ME I'M JEALOUS OF THEM PROTESTING AGAINST MY HUSBAND MR. CLAUSE…..

  • http://FACEBOOK MRS. CLAUSE

    MRS CLAUSE says

    SEEMS LIKE THEY GOT MORE TIME ON HAND THAN WHAT THEY NEED …WE NEED TO LOOK INTO WHAT THEY DO WITH EXTRA TIME…AS FOR ME I'M JEALOUS OF THEM PROTESTING AGAINST MY HUSBAND MR. CLAUSE…..

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