Shreveport Fire Chief Indicted in Hazing Aftermath

Shreveport Fire Chief Ronald Craig Mulford has been indicted for failing to report allegations of the abuse of a mentally disabled man at the center of a hazing scandal that broke last year. In that scandal firefighters from Station 8 allegedly directed a variety of lewd and inappropriate pranks toward the mentally challenged man described as the “station’s mascot”, including hiring him a prostitute. Five firefighters have been charged criminally for their roles in those pranks.

A grand jury indicted Chief Mulford yesterday on five counts of malfeasance in office.

Additional information and news reports also indicate that Assistant Chief James Carpenter was indicted as well. Dave Statter has more on the developing story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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