Polk Firefighter Resigns Amid Rescue Controversy

LAKELAND, FL — A Polk County fire captain, accused of posting photos to Snapchat from the scene of a failed rescue, has now resigned, county officials said Tuesday. It was back in November when fire broke out at the home of Lorretta Pickard. Recordings of her 911 call revealed the 67-year-old, who relied on a walker, was told to wait for rescuers, but that rescue never happened. “Yes, they…

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WEINGARTEN APPLIES TO WRITTEN REPORTS, NOT JUST INTERVIEWS

Adam Lasad is a college security officer for the San Bernardino Community College District Police Department in California. Sergeant Chris Tamayo began questioning Lasad regarding his whereabouts during his work shift. Lasad, after answering some of Tamayo’s questions, requested a representative from his union, the California School Employees Association (CSEA). Tamayo contacted his own boss, Police Chief Pierre Galvez, about Lasad’s request for representation. Galvez agreed that Lasad had…

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Keep Track of Articles & Podcasts

We’ve added the ability for users to track their favorite content on LRIS.com! On any article or podcast post, you can now “Favorite” it, bookmarking it for later. This is a great tool to save content for later or to go back to reference an article. To Favorite an article or podcast, simply go to the bottom of any post to find the blue Favorite button. Once you Favorite…

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Horry County Firefighters Say They’re Being Shorted Some Pay

HORRY COUNTY, SC — Some Horry County firefighters say the department’s new payment system isn’t giving them the full amount of money they should be owed. “We were always known to have a small check at the beginning of the month, and a big check at the end of the month,” Chad Caton, a former firefighter who often speaks on current employees’ behalf, explained. Caton said the new system appears…

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4 Cops In ‘Love Rectangle’ Stripped Of Guns So They Wouldn’t Kill Each Other

NEW YORK, NY — This love triangle has four corners — and four police badges! An NYPD sergeant cheated on his cop girlfriend with a fellow officer, whose husband is also on the job — and the bosses took away everyone’s guns so they wouldn’t kill each other, sources told The Post on Monday. Sgt. Kandou Worley, 40, and Officer Stephanie Gallardo, 33, were both assigned to the department’s…

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Colorado Springs Firefighters Union Overcomes Mayor’s Opposition For Spot On Ballot

Despite vehement opposition from the mayor and some Colorado Springs City Council members, the local firefighters union has collected enough signatures to place a collective bargaining question on the city’s April ballot. All that’s left is a vote next week by the council, a formality because the Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 5, collected about 16,000 signatures that were validated late last month, City Clerk Sarah Johnson said. Local President Dave…

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Ch Ch Ch Changes

Changes are happening at LRIS with one long term employee stepping away and a someone new coming aboard. Tanja Olson has been the engine of the LRIS back office since 2007. She’s the one who fills your book orders, processes your newsletter subscriptions and ships your seminar materials. She’s also been our de facto office manager for the past couple of years. Tanja is a lifelong resident of the…

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Medics Suspended Over Patient Photos

Two Columbus firefighter-paramedics were suspended without pay for taking or distributing photographs of medical patients without their permission. The Department of Public Safety announced the suspensions Monday afternoon. Firefighter-paramedic Mike McConnell, an eight-year veteran of the division, admitted to taking photographs and video in 2016 of a patient. He was found to have violated a rule defining good behavior. Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. issued a 96-hour (four-day) unpaid…

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What Due Process Rights Are Chiefs Owed, And When?

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, not always known for the brevity of its decisions, has recently used a case involving the termination of Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub as the vehicle to succinctly describe whether chiefs are entitled to due process upon their termination, and if so, when. Due process rights come in two varieties, depending upon whether the employee has a “property right” to the job….

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