State Fire Marshal Butch Browning retired Tuesday, but there a lot is more to Browning’s sudden departure than what was officially announced.
Among the complaints confirmed by Channel 4, Browning has been seen on multiple occasions wearing military ribbons, even though he never served in the military.
Channel 4 learned about the state investigation last month. By that time the inspector general and office of state police had been looking
“We’ve been informed that Mr. Browning never served in the military, yet he was wearing military ribbons awarded to every branch of the military service that span World War II, the Korean war and the Kosovo campaign,” Goyeneche (Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission) said. “That’s problematic.”
In a telephone interview with WAFB in Baton Rouge, Browning acknowledged the ribbons, saying he received them from the Gonzales Fire Department, where he once served as chief. But he said he was unaware of a state investigation.
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