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Suit Claims Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District Retaliated

6 days 1 hour ago
A woman who was terminated from an administrative manager position with an Arizona fire district has filed suit against the board, three board members, and a former fire chief alleging retaliation and disability discrimination. Karen Jackson filed suit in federal court naming the Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District.
Curt Varone

Nevada Firefighter Charged in Wife’s Overdose Death

1 week 3 days ago
A Nevada firefighter is facing second-degree murder charges following the overdose death of his wife. Tiffany Slatsky died on February 23, 2020 from a combination of cocaine, ecstasy and morphine. Her husband, Christopher Candito was a firefighter-paramedic with the city of North Las Vegas at the time.
Curt Varone

Seventh Circuit Quotes Fire Chief’s “Gag-A-Maggot” Comment In Ruling in Department’s Favor

1 week 4 days ago
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district court ruling holding that the City of Loves Park, Illinois did not violate the Constitutional rights of a woman by forcing entry into her home, seizing 37 cats, and condemning her home. A key point in the ruling was the comment of Loves Park Fire Chief Philip Foley that the smell coming from the home could "gag a maggot."
Curt Varone

Massachusetts Chief Prevails in First Amendment Photo Case

1 week 6 days ago
A lawsuit brought by a Massachusetts firefighter unhappy with the fire chief for requiring his photo to be taken, has been dismissed. Thomas Swartz, a now-retired firefighter-paramedic with the Borne Fire Department, claims Fire Chief Norman Sylvester ordered him to pose for a photo, and suspended him without pay when he refused.
Curt Varone

NJ Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award as “Reasonably Debatable”

2 weeks 2 days ago
The Supreme Court of New Jersey handed down a decision today upholding a grievance arbitration award requiring the Borough of Carteret to pay lieutenants who act as captain at the captain’s rate of pay. The decision reverses an appellate division that found the arbitrator "engrafted terms” not agreed to by the parties.
Curt Varone

SC Firefighter Challenges Termination

2 weeks 3 days ago
A volunteer firefighter for the City of Loris, South Carolina has filed suit claiming he was retaliated against and fired for complaining about allegedly illegal activities by city officials. Robert Rudelitch was dismissed from the Loris Fire Department on October 10, 2020.
Curt Varone

Fired Georgia Chief Sues Over Intercepted Electronic Communications

2 weeks 4 days ago
A Georgia fire chief who was terminated last year after refusing to resign, has filed suit naming the City of Monroe, the city manager and the police chief as defendants. Fire Chief William Owens filed suit accusing the city of violating his constitutional rights, illegally intercepting electronic communications in violation of Georgia law, whistleblower retaliation, and invasion of privacy.
Curt Varone

Michigan Captain Loses Retaliation Suit

2 weeks 5 days ago
A Michigan fire captain who resigned in 2017, has lost his lawsuit against his former fire department for wrongful discharge and violating his First Amendment rights. Kevin Corsini was a captain with the City of Hazel Park Fire Department.
Curt Varone

California Captain Facing Firearms Challenges

2 weeks 6 days ago
A captain with the Sacramento Metro Fire Department is fighting allegations related to both state and federal firearms charges. Captain Derik Oakes remains on the job despite a raid on his home in 2019 that resulted in the seizure of several weapons the media refers to as “assault weapons,” but firearms enthusiasts know as AR-15s and AK-47s.
Curt Varone

Dallas Fire Sued Over Death of Intoxicated Man in Police Custody

3 weeks 2 days ago
Two firefighters from Dallas Fire Rescue have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died while in police custody. Juan Segovia died on June 30, 2019 after being found unresponsive and transported by Dallas Police to the City Detention Center, referred to in the complaint as the “drunk tank.”
Curt Varone
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