Illinois Firefighter Facing Termination Over Threats

An Illinois firefighter who is accused of threatening to “kill” someone if he did not make a promotional list, is now facing termination proceedings.

Firefighter Paramedic Lloyd Miller, a 12-year veteran of the Mount Prospect Fire Department, is accused of making the threat on January 13, 2017. At the time Miller was reportedly upset about a transfer and changes to the promotional process.

Miller reportedly told Firefighter Paramedic Joseph Reschke that if he did not make lieutenant on the next list he would “kill some people”. Reschke reported the threats and Fire Chief Brian Lambel put Miller on administrative leave while the matter was investigated.

According to Miller’s attorney, Dan Herbert, the charges are “absurd” and were “concocted by the village in an effort to silence Mr. Miller, a highly decorated firefighter who has never been disciplined in his extensive years of service.” Miller ran for union executive board in late 2016, and made comments about the village administration for which he believes he is now being being persecuted for.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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