Oakland Police To Fire 4 Officers, Suspend 7 Others, In Sexual Misconduct Scandal

OAKLAND, CA – Four Oakland police officers will be fired and seven others suspended without pay for their roles in a sexual misconduct scandal that sparked national outrage earlier this year, Mayor Libby Schaaf confirmed late Wednesday. The officers, some of whom may have already resigned, were found guilty of administrative charges of attempted sexual […]

Firefighter Gets Job Back After Arguing Commissioner’s ‘Double Standard’

NEW YORK, NY – A hero FDNY firefighter dismissed after testing positive for cocaine has won his job back — after arguing that Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro gave a similar break to his predecessor’s son. Glen Merkitch, 47, who has won bravery awards for his rescues, failed a random test in 2011, violating the FDNY’s […]

New Haven Fire Union Urges City To Hire Paramedics Instead Of Cutting Fire Engine

NEW HAVEN, CT – The fire union is proposing an alternative to the emergency plan the city presented: union President Frank Ricci said instead of adding two paramedic units and removing a fire engine from service, the city should consider placing paramedics into existing fire engine crews. “It makes the most sense,” Ricci said. “Most […]

‘Second Chances’: Mayor Aims To Appoint Firefighter With Criminal Past

PITTSFIELD, MA – Mayor Linda M. Tyer said Tuesday that she will appoint a new city firefighter despite objections from firefighter union members over the appointee’s drug-related criminal record. Tyer said she also hopes to counter some negative commentary swirling around the pending appointment of Frederick Conyers Jr., most of which she said was inaccurate. […]