Texas Whistleblower Suit Removed to Federal Court

A whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year by a fired Texas firefighter, has been removed to federal court. Todd Anthony Foust was terminated last year by the City of Corinth and the Lake Cities Fire Department. He claims that he was terminated in retaliation for complaints he made about firefighters using tobacco products as well as complaints he made about his captain.

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$15.5 Million in Damage Claims Filed In Bellingham Intubation Case

Three claims totaling $15.5 Million have been filed by family members of a man whose body was used to practice intubation skills in a Bellingham, Washington firehouse. The body of Bradley Ginn Sr. was at a Bellingham fire station awaiting pickup to be delivered to a funeral home. Personnel used his body to practice endotracheal intubation skills.

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Jury Awards LA Firefighter $2.75 Million For Retaliation

A veteran LA City firefighter who claims he was ostracized after complaining about the way the city’s dive team was being run, has been awarded $2.75 million for retaliation by a superior court jury. Stephen Meiche claims that after he reported that dive team members had improperly destroyed and discarded property bought with federal UASI funds, he was “ostracized".

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Philadelphia and IAFF Local 22 Prevail in Suit by Terminated Firefighter

A Philadelphia firefighter who was terminated following his second conviction for driving under the influence, has lost his civil suit against the city and Philadelphia Firefighters IAFF Local 22. Andrew Addeo was fired on September 28, 2015, following his arrest and conviction earlier in the year. Addeo had previously been charged with DUI in 2012.

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Georgia Firefighter Loses Sexual Harassment Suit

A Marietta, Georgia firefighter not only lost her sexual harassment lawsuit, she was ordered to pay the city’s costs in an order handed down last week. Former Lieutenant Margaret Richardson filed suit last year alleging sex discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Orange County Fire Rescue Sued Over Murder-Suicide

Orange County Fire Rescue along with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are facing a negligence lawsuit brought by the son of a woman who was murdered last year. Juanita Childs-Hughes died in a murder suicide perpetrated by her husband, Taylor Hughes. Childs-Hughes was on the phone with dispatchers reporting smoke in the building when she was shot.

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Safety, Liability and The 10 Year Service Life for PPE

Today’s burning question: My fire department does a very good job of adhering to NFPA 1851 when it comes to turnout coats and pants. Something we’ve really never paid attention to is the 10-year service life for helmets and boots. Is liability for violating NFPA 1851 purely theoretical?

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Firefighter DNA an Issue in Connecticut Lawsuit

Several Connecticut firefighters have found themselves in the middle of a court battle over the need for them to provide DNA samples in a complicated case involving the death of an attorney. The suit was brought in US District Court by the father of Gugsa Abraham Dabela, who died on April 5, 2014.

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Texas Firefighter Terminated Over Facebook Post

A Texas firefighter who posted remarks on Facebook that supported the sport shooting Latinos crossing the border has been terminated from two fire departments that he served with. The Westfield Fire Department and the Bellaire Fire Department fired firefighter Chris Bush following his post last week.

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Massachusetts Firefighters Angry About No Charges Following Investigation Into Missing Funds

Firefighters in Hudson believe a former fire chief is responsible for the disappearance of more than $60,000 from a firefighter relief fund. Channel 5 WCVB is reporting that a police investigation into the Hudson Firefighters Relief Association Fund concluded that the funds were “drained” by December, 2010, and they are powerless to charge anyone over its disappearance due to the statute of limitations.

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Family Suing Detroit Fire Over Fire Death

The family of a man who died in a house fire last March has filed suit against the Detroit Fire Department. Kevin McGriff, 26, died in the fire, but firefighters apparently missed locating his body. Five days later his body was located by his father who had stopped by the building to search for insurance papers.

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