Lynchburg Facing Sexual Harassment Suit

The City of Lynchburg, Virginia is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former female firefighter who claims she was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment culminating in her decision to resign in 2015. Ruth Anne L. Phillips alleges she was subjected to “unlawful employment discrimination and hostile work environment based on age, gender, sex, sexual harassment, assault, and retaliation."

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NJ Chief Pleads to Child Pornography Charges

A New Jersey fire chief who was arrested in 2015 for sharing child pornography over fire department computers, has pled guilty. Former Audubon Park fire chief John Terruso pled guilty yesterday to second-degree distribution of child pornography and third-degree possession child pornography.

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Fire Chief’s Conspiracy Suit Settles in PA

A lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania fire chief accusing a borough, its former police chief and its former council president of conspiring to create false allegations and criminal charges has been settled. Fire Chief Daniel Smith accused former Upland Borough council president Ed Mitchell and former Upland Borough Police Chief Nelson Ocasio of fabricating a smear campaign against him.

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25 L’Enfant Plaza Smoke Incident Suits Dismissed

Twenty-five of over 100 suits against the District of Columbia and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority arising out of the L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident were dismissed last Thursday. The Jan. 12, 2015 incident occurred when power cables begin emitting large quantities of smoke inside a tunnel just south of L’Enfant Plaza station.

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Houston Sued for $1 Million Over Drowning Deaths

The City of Houston is facing a wrongful death suit by the family of an elderly couple who drown during a botched flood-water rescue in 2015. The children of Jack and Shirley Alter filed suit accusing the city of negligence in its attempt to rescue the couple during a major flooding event.

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Demotion of Salt Lake Fire Marshal Overturned

The Salt Lake City Civil Service Commission has overturned the demotion of Fire Marshal Martha Ellis, finding that the city wrongly demoted her in last year. Chief Ellis was demoted from battalion chief to captain for an "apparent lack of engagement with [her] current assignment, a lack of ownership of [her] job responsibilities, an inability or unwillingness to follow instructions ..."

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