WRC-TV/NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood says a destruction of property investigation was started after it was discovered that someone drew a mustache on the official photograph of DC Fire & EMS Department Chief Kenneth Ellerbe at the quarters of Engine 10, Truck 13. The picture was left hanging upside down in the firehouse.:
A deputy chief and a lieutenant dressed down the company, demanding respect for the chief and threatening criminal charges.
“You don’t want to be in here in this agency or under the direction of the fire chief, there’s nothing holding you back,” an official can be heard saying on a recording obtained by News4. “But as long as he’s the fire chief, we all have to respect him.”
I heard about it, but it’s probably just something that’s blown out of proportion,” Ellerbe said. “I talked to our internal affairs, told them don’t even worry about it.”
“I guess whether they like me or not I’ll be the chief, but I can’t worry about that stuff,” he added. “We have a lot of serious stuff to take care of, to think about, and putting mustaches on pictures is not one of those high priority items.”
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