Second Detroit firefighter suspended for drunk driving
DETROIT – For the second time in a week a member of the Detroit fire department has been suspended for allegedly drinking and driving while on his way to a race. According to WXYZ Detroit, Detroit Fire Marshal Eric Jones announced the latest suspension on Monday, after an incident over the weekend involving a firefighter who was acting chief.
“These incidents will be dealt with. The driver was arrested last night, ”Jones said.
The acting captain was involved in a car crash on Milwaukee Street and at the Lodge on his way to an appeal.
“The vehicle slammed into the fence, almost entering the freeway,” Jones said.
The acting captain has served for decades according to the department and is stationed outside the fire hall on Second Street. The firefighter was arrested for drunk driving and the incident is also being investigated by firefighters.
“We are starting our disciplinary process. He is also suspended. The penalty for drinking alcohol while on duty is termination, ”Jones said.
The latest incident came just days after another firefighter was suspended for drinking and driving while driving a fire truck. In this case, service members were attending a dinner party when a call came in. The 26-year-old man driving the fire truck had been drinking during the party and allegedly struck a parked car on arrival at the scene.
Jones says the ministry is not represented by the actions of these two firefighters and says the “vast majority” of the members are those who can be celebrated for putting their lives in danger every day.
“We respond to races where people have consumed alcohol and been involved in fatal crashes. We know better and will do better, ”Jones said.
A press conference is currently scheduled to address the issue and inform all DFD members that similar actions will have consequences. Members of the firefighters union are also expected to speak at the press conference.
No criminal charges were filed against either firefighter on Tuesday.