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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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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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Monocular Vision Not a Per Se Barrier to Fire Service

Anthony Rorrer was a firefighter for the Stow (Ohio) Fire Department from May of 1999 to July 4, 2008, when a bottle-rocket injured his right eye in an off-duty accident. Rorrer lost all vision in his right eye leading the fire department to eventually terminate his employment.

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Mass Firefighter Loses Retaliation Suit

A Massachusetts firefighter who claims he was disciplined in retaliation for his political support of a candidate running for fire board, and for reporting his own ethics violation, has lost his federal court law suit. David Pierce was a captain ...

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Union Accuses Fire Chief of Harassment and Retaliation

A California firefighters’ union has filed a tort claim against a city, its fire chief, the city manager, the mayor and city councilmembers following what they allege has been “ongoing retaliation, harassment, and discrimination” by the fire chief. The Downey ...

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Howard County Facebook and the First Amendment

Last month we covered a lawsuit filed on behalf of Howard County Battalion Chief Kevin Buker who was terminated over a series of Facebook posts on gun control last January. Yesterday, we reviewed a second suit by Mark Grutzmacher, a ...

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Second Suit Filed Over Maryland Facebook Firing

A second federal court lawsuit has been filed over the firing of two members of Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue for their social media comments on gun control. Mark Grutzmacher, a volunteer firefighter with Howard County, filed suit ...

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