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Fire Law Roundup – May 23, 2022

In this week’s edition of Fire Law Roundup for May 23, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a discipline case out of New Britain, Connecticut arising out of the overdose death of a firefighter; an assault case out of San Francisco; a new Oklahoma law allowing fire trucks to transport EMS patients in extreme emergencies; and a union free-speech case out of Port Houston, Texas.

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Termination of RI Firefighter Upheld

A Rhode Island firefighter who was terminated after exhausting his accrued sick leave, has lost his federal court lawsuit alleging breach of contract, whistleblower violations, and a violation of his First Amendment rights. Fred Melnyk was a firefighter for the Town of Little Compton prior to his termination in 2019.

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Dallas Firefighter Terminated For Kicking Homeless Man

A Dallas firefighter accused of kicking a homeless man he suspected of setting fires has been terminated. Firefighter Brad Cox was placed on administrative leave following release of a police body-cam video showing him kicking Kyle Vess in 2019. The video surfaced earlier this year.

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Vermont Firefighter Charged With Assault, Resigns

A Burlington firefighter who was caught on video pushing a man, has opted to resign after he was charged with simple assault. The firefighter, Kevan Mahoney, exchanged words with the unidentified man in front of the Burlington Police Department, pushed him once and then pushed him a second time hard enough to cause the man to lose his balance.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Firefighter Termination

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that an at-will firefighter does not have an expectation of continued employment merely because a fire department’s employee handbook grants a right to appeal a disciplinary action. In so ruling the court concluded that the City of Cleveland did not violate the due process rights of firefighter Joshua Keller when it terminated him in 2012.

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Altercation at Incident Prompts Illinois Lawsuit

An Illinois firefighter has filed suit claiming she was physically assaulted by a company officer at the scene of a fire last year. Michelle Giese claims she was assaulted by Lieutenant Nathan Boyce on October 18, 2018 while they were working for the Kankakee Fire Department.

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LA County Sued By Relative Of Patient Over Transport

A woman who claims she was prevented from transporting a relative to the hospital in her car by two Los Angeles County firefighters, has filed suit alleging they violated her civil rights. Vanessa Joy Calhoun filed suit yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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