Firehouse Altercation Leads to Charges Against Chicago Lieutenant

An altercation in a Chicago firehouse yesterday has led to criminal charges against a company officer. Lieutenant Leonard Johnson, 53, is facing misdemeanor battery charges following a fistfight with a firefighter at the fire station on West 95th Street.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the incident occurred at about 8:30 am with both men requiring medical attention. Lt. Johnson suffered a cut knuckle and the firefighter, reported to be 52 years old, suffered a cut lip.

According to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford, Lt. Johnson has not been suspended and the matter is under investigation. More on the story.

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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