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Utah Chief Sues Police Over Flawed Drug Investigation

A Salt Lake County assistant chief has filed suit in federal court against the City of Cottonwood Heights claiming that a police detective violated his rights when he accessed confidential medical information about him from the State of Utah’s Controlled Substance Database, and used the information to file unwarranted criminal charges.

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Oregon Widow Seeks $4.2 Million Over Defibrillator Failure Death

A widow has filed a $4.2 million suit against an Oregon fire department, an ambulance service, and the manufacturer of a defibrillator blaming them all for the death of her husband who suffered a fatal heart attack last year. Diana Ricks filed suit against Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Metro West Ambulance Service and Physio-Control, Inc. over the February 13, 2014 death of Stephen A. Ricks

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Indiana Ambulance Company Faces FLSA Class Action Suit

An Indiana EMT has filed a class action lawsuit against an ambulance company he worked for claiming the company routinely violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring personnel to work in excess of 40 hours per week without paying overtime. Steven Schroers filed suit last week in US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana against Prompt Medical Transport, Inc. and three of its senior managers.

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Chambersburg Battle Ends in Settlement

The three year battle between the Greater Chambersburg Area Paid Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1813 and the Borough of Chambersburg has finally been resolved with word of an agreement that reinstates a wrongfully terminated firefighter/union vice-president and settles numerous pending civil actions, unfair labor practice charges, grievances and appeals.

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Milwaukee Not Entitled to Immunity for Explosion

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled that the City of Milwaukee must stand trial over its response to a gas leak in 2009 that resulted in a house explosion. The incident occurred on February 2, 2009 when firefighters were dispatched to the 2400 block of North 10th Street for a reported odor of natural gas...

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Cleveland Firefighter Acquitted of Filing False Accident Report

A Cleveland firefighter who was charged with submitting a false report following an apparatus accident has been found not guilty by a jury. Last June, firefighter Richard Nickerson, 42, was driving Cleveland’s Ladder 36 when it drove into a light tower in a parking lot. Nickerson and his officer, Capt. Ronald Vargo, 50, allegedly submitted reports stating Ladder 36 was cut-off by a white car.

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Fire Departments in NJ and Maryland Settle Suits

Settlements involving two fire departments are in the fire law news today. In New Jersey, a sexual harassment suit against the Franklin Township Fire District No. 3 has been settled. In Maryland, a wrongful death suit brought by the family of a 17-year old who died at a fire department sponsored carnival has been settled.

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Horseplay Leads To Lawsuit in Kentucky

The mother of a junior firefighter who was shot in the eye with a BB gun in the fire station has filed suit against the fire department and three firefighters. David Blake Jones suffered a permanent eye injury on October 25, 2014 when he was shot while on a sleep-over at the Laurel County Fire Department. Jones was participating in the Laurel County Junior Firefighter Program at the time.

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Albuquerque Firefighter Awarded $180K for Sexual Harassment

A New Mexico jury has awarded an Albuquerque firefighter $183,550 for sexual harassment. Adele Parker Ortega filed suit in 2013 claiming that co-workers spied on her in the shower, hid sex toys in her bunk, stole her underwear, watched pornography at fire stations, and made inappropriate sexual jokes at her expense

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Hartford Fire Cited by Conn OSHA

The Hartford Fire Department has been cited by Conn OSHA for five serious violations in connection with the October 7, 2014 line of duty death of FF Kevin Bell. Bell died at a house fire that seriously injured a second firefighter, Jason Martinez. Martinez leapt from the second floor to escape rapidly developing fire conditions.

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Texas Chief and Assistant Chief Charged in Hazing Sex Assault: Shades of Shreveport

The scope of the Ellis County Emergency Services District 6 sexual assault hazing incident just widened with word that the fire chief and assistant fire chief were arrested today and charged with witness tampering. Fire Chief Gavin Satterfield, 31, and Assistant Chief Billy Getzendaner, 34, were arrested this afternoon because they reportedly instructed the victim and involved members not to discuss the incident with authorities.

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Fire Department Sued By Applicant For Defamation

A volunteer fire department in New York is facing a defamation suit over the application of a man who claims he was falsely accused of being a “child molester”. Vincent C. Stevenson applied to join the East Syracuse Fire Department in 2012. He claims that an employee of the village fire department, Dawn Cramer, falsely accused him of being a "child molester."

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