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Noose Incident Prompts Apologies, Demotion, and a Lawsuit

A white assistant chief in Indiana who threw a noose to a black firefighter during a knot tying exercise has been demoted to firefighter. The incident has also prompted a race discrimination suit by the black firefighter. Former Marion Fire Department Assistant Chief Rick Backs created the noose during a training exercise last February exercise and reportedly threw it toward firefighter Mikel Neal. The incident sparked racial tensions in the city of Marion that brought back recollections of lynchings that occurred as late as the 1930s.

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Columbus Sex Scandal Claims Another Victim

A sex scandal in the Columbus Fire Department that cost one firefighter his job has claimed another victim. Battalion Chief Gerald C. Birkhimer has been demoted to lieutenant for his role in covering up on-duty sexual activity between Firefighter Marc ...

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Connecticut Firefighter Demoted Over Facebook Comments

A Connecticut firefighter who posted comments about killing pit bulls on Facebook has been demoted and is now facing organized petition drives calling for his termination. Richard Prince was the deputy fire marshal in the Torrington Fire Department. He posted ...

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Lewdness Charges Dropped Against Tucson Captain

The lewdness charges brought against a Tucson fire captain for allegedly harassing a subordinate were dismissed last week. The Pima County Attorney's Office dropped three misdemeanor charges against Captain Roger Tamietti last Monday. The charges were brought after paramedic firefighter ...

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Denver Race Discrimination Case Closer to Trial

A Denver fire lieutenant who claims he has been subjected to race discrimination and retaliation since 2006 will finally have his day in court. US District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled on January 2, 2013 that Lieutenant Thomas R. ...

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Four Disciplined in NC For Sexual Misconduct

Two North Carolina firefighters have been terminated and two others disciplined in the wake of an investigation into sexual misconduct. The discipline comes a year after three other employees were fired from the same department, the Salisbury Fire Department, for ...

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