Nevada Firefighter Charged in Wife’s Overdose Death

A Nevada firefighter is facing second-degree murder charges following the overdose death of his wife. Tiffany Slatsky, 25, died on February 23, 2020 from a combination of cocaine, ecstasy and morphine. Her husband, Christopher Candito, 33, was a firefighter-paramedic with the city of North Las Vegas at the time.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the couple was partying at their apartment in Henderson when Slatsky became unconscious. Rather than calling 911 or taking her to the hospital, Candito put her in his vehicle and drove her some 23 miles to his own fire station to obtain and administer Narcan. The following morning when she failed to wake up, Candito called 911. Slatsky died at the hospital.

Candito was arrested on July 7, 2021. He was arraigned yesterday with bail being set at $100,000. The Las Vegas Review quoted Tiffany’s father, Martin Slatsky, as saying: “She would still be alive today if he had just done what he was trained to do rather than think about himself.” Candito reportedly resigned from the North Las Vegas Fire Department. Here is a press release about his arrest from the Henderson Police Department.

UPDATE: October 12, 2021 – Candito pleads guilty.

UPDATE: December 14, 2021 – Candito sentenced to 16-40 months.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 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, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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