Williams had a fire department radio strapped around his chest and said he turned onto Ridge Road from Highway 321 when he saw a car drive up behind him, pass him on a double yellow line and then speed up, the report states.
Williams said he caught up with the car, turned on the lights on his car and pulled over the driver, a 17-year-old girl. He spoke with the girl and took her driver’s license, which he later gave to the responding deputy, the report states.
The girl told the deputy that she thought Williams was a police officer. She then said he shouted profanities and then began questioning her about her driving.
My experience with this blog is those firefighters who find trouble with blue lights tend to be on the younger side. Ernest Morrison doesn't fit that pattern. He is 53-years-old and the former chief of the Salt Rock Volunteer Fire Department in Cabell County, West Virginia. According to herald-dispatch.com, Morrison was arrested Thursday and charged with "misdemeanor impersonation, assault and reckless driving". He is described as an active member of the department.
The charges seem out of character for the man who once served as chief of the Salt Rock department, according to Salt Rock Volunteer Fire Chief Darrell Ennis.
The allegations stem from an incident that reportedly occurred at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday where a woman claims pulled over believing the driver of a truck was a police officer. The driver cursed and threatened the woman, which eventually led her to call 911.
Fireground audio of 3-alarm Oregon fire with water supply problems: Click here for the radio traffic from FireSceneAudio.com of the fire in a large vacant early 1900s building at the Fairview Training Center in Salem. Read more.
Report faults firefighters for not following procedures during fatal fire: Four members of the DeKalb County Fire Department, including two captains and a battalion chief remain suspended with pay after a report puts a lot of the blame on their shoulders for failing to find the burning home of a woman who called 911 early Sunday. They did return about five hours later to find the house destroyed and the woman dead. Read the report and more details.
Woman hit by hose falls off fire engine: You had probably seen the earlier story on this one from Cambridge, Massachusetts. A loyal reader and Firegeezer alert us to the update that an 82-year-old woman died when she was hit by hose that fell off the rig as the crew was responding. Click here.
Ambulance with a very bad reputation lives up to its past and burns: The ambulance that helped push New Jersey lawmakers to widen the states “Lemon Law” to include emergency vehicles self destructed yesterday and few are surprised. Click for pictures, video and the to read the story.
Mayor and fire department director finally talking in Memphis: With the TV station into its second week of stories on hiring practices at the Memphis Fire Department, city officials are now answering some questions about the arrest of 80 firefighters over the last five year. Click for the mayor and here for Director Alivin Benson.
Fire department takes $128,000 loss on new fire engine that was just too big: Pennsylvania’s Lawrence Park Fire Department (Erie County) sold its new, 37.9-foot-long Pierce Dash Pumper just 17-months after getting the $510,000 rig. They found Engine 284 too big for the township’s alleys. And the sale has caused some controversy. Read the story.
Omaha heating up again: Loyal reader Ron Young points us to some stories out of Omaha where there has been controversy over a proposed new fire boat and other items being purchased from a special fund. Click here for that one (and an earlier article here).
The news never stops in Bourne, Massachusetts: Just when we thought things might calm down after the resignation of Lt. Kelli Weeks, there is even more controversy in the Bourne Fire Department. The acting chief now has some allegations against him. Click here for that story. Also, the firefighters’ union has some harsh words for how the town selectmen handled the Weeks affair. Check it out.
Another blue light special: In Des Moines police say a Grand Junction volunteer firefighter apparently wants to also be a volunteer police officer. The cops say 29-year-old Richard Collogan was pulling people over with his blue light. Read the details.
It is not the CNN employee I expected to do this: If there was ever someone from CNN who I could easily see an old firehouse in New York to live in, it would be my friend, and fire buff extraordinaire, Vito Maggiolo. But the story at HuffingtonPost.com isn’t about Vito. It’s about Anderson Cooper paying $4.3 million for such a privilege. Click here for the story and pictures.