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Indiana Firefighter Sues Over Noose Incident

An Indiana firefighter who was tossed a noose during a training exercise has filed a lawsuit in federal court naming chief who tossed the noose. Marion firefighter Mikel Neal and his wife, Rachelle Fears-Neal, have filed suit against former Deputy Chief Rick Backs. The four-page complaint alleges a single count of a due process violation.

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Yarnell Hill LODD Settlement Announced

Three lawsuits filed last year by the families of twelve of the nineteen firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill fire have been settled for $670,000 along with assurances that new wildland firefighting procedures will be implemented by the state of Arizona

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Diabetic Syracuse Firefighter Ordered Reinstated

A Syracuse, New York firefighter who was fired in 2013 because of diabetic episodes at work, has been ordered to be rehired and awarded backpay. John Williams was fired by the city over concerns that his diabetes was not being properly managed. Williams appealed his termination to the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court

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Indiana Retaliation Claim Settled

An Evansville, Indiana district chief who filed suit in federal court last year alleging whistleblower and First Amendment violations has agreed to settle his claims for $13,750. District Chief Keith Jarboe sued claiming he had been retaliated against after bringing to light certain payroll/overtime related improprieties. Chief Jarboe claims his retaliation consisted of a demotion from district chief to safety officer.

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Bizarre Lawsuit Against Maine Fire Department Dismissed

A bizarre lawsuit filed last December by the owners of a landmark Maine restaurant claiming the local fire department allowed their building to be destroyed by fire has been dismissed. US District Court Judge D. Brock Hornsby dismissed the claims of Robert and Judy Cousins, owners of Cap’n Nemo’s Restaurant that was destroyed by fire in December 2013.

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Providence Firefighters Sue to Stop Increased Hours

Providence Firefighters IAFF Local 799 filed suit yesterday to block Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s efforts to force an increase in the firefighter’s hours without additional compensation. Earlier this month, Elorza announced he planned to eliminate an entire shift and require all line personnel to begin working 56 hour workweeks. He claims he has the right under a Rhode Island Supreme Court ruling issued earlier this year...

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Texas Firefighter Loses Suit Over Discrimination and Due Process

A McAllen, Texas firefighter who was fired twice and reinstated both times has lost a discrimination and due process lawsuit against his department and fire chief. Last February, Robert Vargus sued McAllen and Chief Rafael Balderas alleging discrimination and harassment on account of age and disability and §1983 due process violations.

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