Fire Law Roundup for August 7, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for August 7, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a case involving a FDNY EMT who was caught stealing from a patient in an undercover sting operation; a Lansing firefighter’s third lawsuit against the department alleging a violation of his First Amendment Rights (among other things); a cheating scandal involving the Cobb County Fire Department resulting in 7 members being disciplined; a ruling by the US District Court for the District of Nebraska has concluding the Lincoln firefighter/EMT Amber Benson raised sufficient questions of fact to get her sexual harassment and retaliation claims to a jury; and a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that EMS personnel who mistakenly pronounced a disabled woman dead, cannot be held liable for her subsequent death under a civil rights theory, despite the fact their error delayed life-saving treatment.

FDNY EMT Charged with Stealing from Patient

Lansing Firefighter Sues City Again

Cobb County Disciplines Seven in Cheating Scandal

Court Refuses to Dismiss Nebraska Sexual Harassment Suit

Sixth Circuit Dismisses Civil Rights Claims in Mistaken Death Case

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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