Chief and Wife Arrested for Volunteer Theft in South Carolina

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has filed charges against a fire chief and his wife who are accused of embezzling thousands from the volunteer fire company they oversaw. Joseph Kirk Reynolds, the former fire chief of the Asbury-Rehoboth VFD, and his wife, treasurer Gina Reynolds, were charged with embezzlement of public funds and breach of trust.

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FDNY Sued Over Transport of Autistic Child

The mother of an autistic child who was transported to a hospital over her objection, is now suing FDNY and NYPD. Wanda Munoz filed suit in US District Court for the Southern District of New York naming the City of New York, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, Police Officer Kathy Henry, several unnamed police officers, and two unnamed EMTs.

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Chicago Fire Settles Pregnancy and Nursing Mothers Lawsuit

The City of Chicago has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a fire department paramedic over how she was treated during her pregnancy and while nursing. Sarah Spriesch filed suit last year accusing the Chicago Fire Department of pregnancy discrimination under state and federal law, sex discrimination under state and federal law, and violation of the Nursing Mother’s Act.

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Rural Metro Sued in Arizona Heat Stroke Death

The estate of a man who died last year from heat stroke in Arizona has filed suit against the sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who responded to his emergency. David Cutler, 23, died after his jeep crashed and caught fire in the desert. Cutler survived the crash and was found hours later wandering in the desert by Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies.

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Nebraska Firefighter Files Sexual Discrimination Suit

A Nebraska firefighter has filed suit alleging she has been discriminated against and harassed on account of her gender, and then retaliated against after she reported the discrimination. Amber Benson, a firefighter with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, filed suit in state court against the City of Lincoln, the mayor, the public safety director, the HR director, the fire chief, two BCs, and two captains.

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Mississippi Fire Chief Sues for Reverse Discrimination

A Mississippi fire chief is among three local officials who claim they were fired by the city of Clarksdale last year on account of their race. Fire Chief Obert Douglas along with Municipal Judge Joseph Cobb Gibbs, and City Attorney Curtis Boschert were fired on July 10, 2017, ten days after Mayor Chuck Espy took office.

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Minnesota City Settles Pension Surplus Suit

A Minnesota city has agreed to settle a dispute with its firefighters over an unusual problem: what to do with a $1.5 million pension surplus. The City of Maplewood filed suit against the Maplewood Fire Relief Association earlier this year following the city’s decision to eliminate part-time firefighters in favor of a full-time department.

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West Virginia Firefighters Sue for Holiday Pay

Thirty-seven current and former Martinsburg firefighters have filed suit claiming the city failed to pay them holiday pay in accordance with state law. The suit was filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court by IAFF Local 805 President Mark Stroop on behalf of three captains, six lieutenants, 26 firefighters and two retirees

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