Washington Firefighter Charged With Stealing Ambulance

A recently dismissed member of the Rosalia Fire Department has been arrested and charged with taking one of the department’s ambulances for about a nine-hour period last Sunday morning. Kelly Brown, 35, is accused of burglary and theft in connection with the ambulance joyride.

According to the Spokesman-Review, fire department surveillance cameras captured Brown entering the fire station at 1 am Easter morning and driving off with one of the ambulances. The ambulance was returned at about 10:00am. Two weeks ago, Brown was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, and possession of drugs. According to Deputies, Brown was a member of RFD when those crimes took place, but was no longer a member when the ambulance was taken.

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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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