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Kansas City Firefighter Prevails on Retaliation Claim

A Kansas City, Missouri firefighter who claims he was denied a promotion because of his race, has been awarded $296,183.91. Eric Sanders filed suit claiming discrimination and retaliation. In February a jury ruled against him on two discrimination claims, but ...

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First Amendment Double Standard in Missouri

Today’s burning question: Our rules prohibit us from being involved in political campaigning while on duty or in uniform. Do you think we could appear in a campaign ad for a candidate that our union supports provided we wear a ...

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Maryland Fire Company Loses Bid to be Reinstated

A volunteer fire company in Maryland lost its lawsuit to overturn a county’s decision to withdraw recognition and funding. The Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co., now known as the Community Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. of District No. 12, filed suit last ...

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Drone Interferes with Helicopter at Ohio Accident Scene

An Ohio man was arrested at the scene of a motor vehicle accident Saturday because a drone he was operating allegedly interfered with a Careflight helicopter. Kele Stanley, 31, of Springfield, was charged with felony obstructing official business, misdemeanor disorderly ...

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NH Chief Fired on TV Files Suit

A New Hampshire fire chief who found out he was terminated because he happened to be watching a televised board of selectmen meeting from his home, has filed a wrongful termination suit. Fire Chief Peter Varney claims he was given ...

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Tennessee Retirees Challenge Reduction in Cola

Two retired Chattanooga firefighters have filed a class action suit claiming the city’s attempt to cut their pensions is illegal. William Melhorn and James Gaston joined two retired Chattanooga police officers, Johnny Frazier and Reuben Salter, in filing a nine-page ...

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Apology Leads to Settlement of NC Discrimination Suit

An apology read today in open court paved the way for a settlement of a race discrimination suit involving the Caldwell County, North Carolina, Emergency Services Division. Gail Colbert, a billing specialist for Caldwell County EMS, claimed that the former ...

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Montana Chief Settles Wrongful Termination Suit for $335k

A Montana assistant fire chief who was the victim of a mysterious “reorganization” following his cooperation with a criminal investigation into the fire chief, has settled his wrongful termination suit for $335,000. Assistant Chief Brian Crandell was terminated on February ...

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Settlement Announced in FDNY Discrimination Suit

In breaking news, a settlement has been announced in the contentious seven-year-old race discrimination suit involving the FDNY. The suit was brought by the United States Department of Justice at the request of the Vulcan Society and numerous African American ...

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Dash Cam Video of South Carolina Police Fire War

The dash-cam video depicting the altercation between two West Chester firefighters and Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood and his deputies has been released. Recall we discussed the details of the incident last month that resulted in West Chester Fire Chief ...

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