Tag Archives: Houston Fire Department

Houston Sued for $1 Million Over Drowning Deaths

The City of Houston is facing a wrongful death suit by the family of an elderly couple who drown during a botched flood-water rescue in 2015. The children of Jack and Shirley Alter filed suit accusing the city of negligence in its attempt to rescue the couple during a major flooding event.

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Houston Firefighters Accused of Using Facebook To Sell Shift Trades

Eyewitness News in Houston is investigating firefighters for selling shift-trades on a Facebook page aptly named HFD Extra Shifts. KTRK broke the story, interviewing firefighters and elected officials, and referencing a similar shift-swapping scandal in Cleveland in 2014 that resulted in criminal charges against 13 firefighters.

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Houston Loses Battle to Unilaterally Restructure Firefighter Pensions

A Texas appellate court has denied the appeal of the City of Houston in its efforts to unilaterally restructure its firefighter pension system to save money. The city sued the Houston Firefighters' Relief & Retirement Fund in 2014 claiming that pension costs were driving it toward bankruptcy seeking a declaratory judgment that the pension arrangement was unconstitutional.

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Families of Houston LODDs Sue Motorola and Scott

The families of three Houston firefighters killed in the 2013 Southwest Inn fire have filed another wrongful death lawsuit, this time naming Motorola and Scott Safety as defendants. The suit filed Monday accuses Motorola and Scott of negligence, gross negligence and product liability for selling products that are dangerously defective and contain design defects.

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Houston Firefighter’s Post Sparks Complaints

A Houston firefighter has been placed on administrative duties as the department investigates offensive anti-Islamic posts on his personal Facebook page. The unidentified firefighter allegedly made the posts last month drawing the attention of KTRK TV Channel 13, who in turn brought them to the attention of the fire department.

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Houston Captain Loses Fear Disability Claim

A Houston fire captain whose fear prevented him from entering structure fires has lost his bid to claim the city discriminated against him. Captain Shayn Proler claimed that fire officials wrongfully transferred him to a training assignment in 2004 and ...

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Trifecta

There were three crazy fire law headlines in the news today, a YCMTSU trifecta: An Orange County, California firefighter was arrested when he was caught on video stealing money from his captain’s wallet in the fire station. The city of ...

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Houston Chief Files Third Suit in 13 Years

One of the longest-serving firefighters in the Houston Fire Department has taken the city back to court for the third time. District Chief Charles Julian, a 44 year veteran and 69 years of age, filed suit in Harris County against the ...

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