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Fired volunteer firefighter sues for unlawful termination

Firefighter Justin Wilkinson says he was fired by his employer because he was late to work the day of a massive fire; his employer says otherwise

KSDK

HARTFORD, Ill. — A volunteer firefighter in Illinois says he was fired by his employer because he was late to work the day of a massive fire. Justin Wilkinson's employer, meanwhile, says that's not the reason he was fired.

Matt Schrimpf, the CEO of Hartford Wood River Terminal Oil Company, says Wilkinson arriving late to work was not the reason he was fired, but declined to elaborate because of a lawsuit. Meanwhile, Justin Wilkinson is unemployed, he says because he risked his life to fight a five-alarm fire.

"When we got here the fire was fully involved. The fire had already made it up into the attic," said Rosewood Heights Fire Chief Tim Bunt, describing a challenging five-alarm fire that destroyed a house in the 400 block of Valley Drive January 30th. "There was a 20 to 25 mile-per-hour wind. It was in the 20s. We had to deal with the ice. Our closest water supply was about 1000 feet away."

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Rob Brockmann Rob Brockmann Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:39:02 PM good luck bro
Chuck Mccully Chuck Mccully Tuesday, February 11, 2014 4:56:20 PM good luck brother I have my finer crossed for you I hope you win
Carl Billey Carl Billey Tuesday, February 11, 2014 4:58:59 PM Funny how those employers don't understand until it's their property on fire or their family in danger. Stay the course.
Dusty Crist Dusty Crist Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:57:51 PM Work comes first, thats just common sense. Every dept I know of has always pushed that, every firefighter I've ever known with even the slightest level of adult thinking knew that.
Rebecca Bidwell Rebecca Bidwell Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:10:51 PM im sorry but work should never come before saving lives..
Jeremy Hyatt Jeremy Hyatt Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:13:48 PM He is also protected by law, due to the fact he was on an emergency run he cannot be terminated.
Nicole Chairborne Ranger Dedick Nicole Chairborne Ranger Dedick Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:16:39 PM Remember that the next time YOUR house is on fire...watch it fully engulf w/your family trapped inside and watch the firemen leave the scene because oops...I have to go to work. You're such a dumbass Dusty!!
Mitchell Ward Mitchell Ward Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:18:34 PM Um, i disagree. If your in the middle of battling a fire your not going to monitor your watch/clock and say "Well, its 9:45, i gotta get to work" and put down your nozzle and leave.......
Dusty Crist Dusty Crist Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:20:37 PM I've been a firefighter for 16 years, I have had to leave scenes to go to work. No law protects volunteers here, and most bosses don't care about the fire dept. Feeding my family will always be more important than saving someone's stuff.
Billy Hill Billy Hill Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:26:04 PM he will win in the end make his boss look like and ass
Jeremy Hyatt Jeremy Hyatt Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:27:01 PM Not to bust your bubble but you might wanna read the laws that protect volunteer fire fighters in this situation.
Dale French Dale French Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:28:44 PM So what u r saying Dusty is the firefighting is not work as long he was off the alarm came in before work time he had every right to respond to that call he was called to work a fire . you must be a supervisor and u r nick name must be Sargent Ass hole to not for give a vol. firefighter for doing his or her civic duty shame on u for even posting that I work in private industry and My employer knows well enough I am a f/f and I gave my supervisor a copy of the PA. Volunteer act law .long story short an employer can not pose disciplinary axe for being late or missing work do to an fire call as long as it is followed up with the proper documentation end of song .
Dave Matthias Dave Matthias Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:28:51 PM A volunteer fireman doesnt show up for work for his"real" job-he should be fired. It doesn't matter if he was taking his kids to school or just over slept, if his work considers it a late arrival-then he should get in trouble or fired. It doesn't say how many times he was late before or if he was warned. This is kind of misleading and wants everyone to assume his employer is a terrible company. The job that pays his salary is more important.
Mitchell Ward Mitchell Ward Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:32:34 PM Dusty Panda As a fellow brother in the fire service it breaks my heart to hear that you think like that. My opinion is that it is that frame of mind that "society" see's and give us volunteer's a bad name/rep. Im also deeply concerned because i see that your in Little Rock, Ar. I have family there and knowing that there are Firefighter's/first responders there (or anywhere) with that frame of mind is deeply disturbing....
Mitchell Ward Mitchell Ward Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:37:20 PM Ashley Williams You hit the nail right on the head sweety !!! Nicely said :-)
Dusty Crist Dusty Crist Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:44:52 PM Jeremy, quote me the applicable law that would protect me from being fired. You can't, because none exists. I'm a contractor, I can be let go at any time for any reason or no reason, with no recourse. If you say a law exists here, quote it. Then, when I get fired, pay my bills and feed my family. Simple concept, family first. No good chief will tell you different, and none who say "fd first" will pay your bills when you get fired. Reality laughs at idealism.
Stephanie McGillis Stephanie McGillis Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:45:10 PM SO TRUE
Dusty Crist Dusty Crist Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:52:08 PM Agreed. Hard to be a volunteer firefighter when the bank takes your car and house because you didn't pay for them, because you got fired for skipping work. There are jobs where a single person missing work puts scores of others out of work until that one person does that job. Even ofyyou're a damn burger king cashier, you don't have the right to make your coworkers cover your absence. You may think they should, but that's not your choice.
Randy Fox Randy Fox Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:03:17 PM Are you a special kind of stupid? There is a LAW (read that as in NO OPTION) that prohibits employers, private or public, from terminating a volunteers job due to them fighting a fire. Look it up before you spout off like that. You and Dusty Panda too. Actually as for your last idiotic statement: Human life is most important and as an officer of that department, if he "bailed" to go to his paying job and a life was lost, he could be liable for desertion. Get your facts straight and look up that law while you are at it!
Jason Simmons Jason Simmons Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:04:37 PM Illinois has a law that protects firefighters if they show up late or don't come in at all if they are on a fire call.
Dusty Crist Dusty Crist Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:10:21 PM Randy, cite the law.
Randy Fox Randy Fox Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:13:54 PM Dusty Panda. I should let you look it up as your answer was just as off base as Dave Matthias' but here you go: YOU google the details. I did...you can too: (50 ILCS 748/) Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act. You're welcome.
Buck Hilchey Buck Hilchey Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:15:53 PM so I ask you dusty : I am a volunteer firemen , I am getting ready for work and the tones go off for a house fire with kids trapped !! do I go to work and let them die or do i try to save them ?? just wondering !!
Dusty Crist Dusty Crist Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:20:46 PM That applies to one state. Not applicable to most people here.
Dusty Crist Dusty Crist Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:23:23 PM That's your choice. You have responsibilities. I like feeding and housing my family, so I let the available guys handle it. Since no law protects my job, I have to protect it and my family.
Harold Connor Harold Connor Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:23:53 PM Damn Dusty, you must not know many Departments! That is the most stupidest statements I have ever heard! Most states, mine included have laws in place where volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel can not be fired for being late due to an emergency call! There are also employers around here that let the firefighters leave work for fire calls and continue paying them while on the emergency call! Where is that adult thinking? Oh lets see you have a need for fire services or a volunteer ambulance and they say sorry, we can't help you right now, we have to get ready for work!
Dusty Crist Dusty Crist Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:24:55 PM That they do. And what will happen is that they'll find another reason to get rid of you. Like here. Reality, duh
Randy Fox Randy Fox Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:26:38 PM Dusty Panda It CERTAINLY applies to THIS case, doesn't it???
James Connelly James Connelly Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:27:21 PM my boss said give me 2 hrs if i was going to be late which he did and got fireed i wood say to my boss y did you do that but if your house is berning he was working go to the calkl but some one house is berning no you can not f them get what you can then give some to the fire house if thay stand behind you all the waY MY HOUSE DO NOT NO BUT GOOD JOB LDET ALL NO THIS
David Hamann David Hamann Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:32:18 PM unless i am missing something here, all we have is one side of the story. his employer said he was terminated not because he was late, but for other unstated reasons. will have to wait to hear why.
Shelly Wilson Shelly Wilson Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:33:02 PM Dusty Panda Clearly, Dusty, you are not involved on any level in civic duties. Other than spouting off. So, what happens when military personnel on reserve duty miss their "real job"? You know, the job that pays their salary? Then, explain the difference between the two different civic services, other than the obvious.
Buck Hilchey Buck Hilchey Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:37:02 PM and if it was your home and kids ?? and the response is bad ?? they die !!
Byron Schroedel Byron Schroedel Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:38:14 PM Dave, Answer me this, who responds to calls during the day when the volunteers are at work or when they should be at work, as in this case?
Byron Schroedel Byron Schroedel Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:41:07 PM Dusty Panda Then who makes the calls, the guys from the unemployment office!
Kyle McLain Kyle McLain Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:43:39 PM Dusty Panda http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=093-1027 just in case you don't feel like looking for it. Maybe read this article first. This incident is from HARTFORD, IL so obviously it is pertinent.
Dave Matthias Dave Matthias Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:48:44 PM I see the rule that is stated and that's all and we'll but if his employer wants to fire because of this tardiness and such he can just reword it so his overall performance rating decreases or the next little mistake happens he fired and that's that.
Mitchell Ward Mitchell Ward Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:49:11 PM Ashley Williams I agree with you so much. And if im correct its 80-85% of this nations fire service is volunteer. That is something that most people dont know/realize....And again you are correct, "WE" do what "WE" do because of OUR passion, not for the recognition, glory, or a hobby.....
Jeremy Hyatt Jeremy Hyatt Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:57:41 PM LOCAL GOVERNMENT (50 ILCS 748/) Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act. (50 ILCS 748/1) Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04; 94-599, eff. 1-1-06.) (50 ILCS 748/3) Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act: "Volunteer emergency worker" means a firefighter who does not receive monetary compensation for his or her services to a fire department or fire protection district and who does not work for any other fire department or fire protection district for monetary compensation. "Volunteer emergency worker" also means a person who does not receive monetary compensation for his or her services as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (licensed as an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act), a volunteer ambulance driver or attendant, or a volunteer "First Responder", as defined in Sec. 3.60 of the Emergency Medical Services (EMT) Systems Act, to a fire department, fire protection district, or other governmental entity and who does not work in one of these capacities for any other fire department, fire protection district, or governmental entity for monetary compensation. "Volunteer emergency worker" also means a person who is a volunteer member of a county or municipal emergency services and disaster agency pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, an auxiliary policeman appointed pursuant to the Municipal Code, or an auxiliary deputy appointed by a county sheriff pursuant to the Counties Code. "Monetary compensation" does not include a monetary incentive awarded to a firefighter by the board of trustees of a fire protection district under Section 6 of the Fire Protection District Act. (Source: P.A. 94-599, eff. 1-1-06; 95-332, eff. 8-21-07.) (50 ILCS 748/5) Sec. 5. Volunteer emergency worker; when termination of employment prohibited. (a) No public or private employer may terminate an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker because the employee, when acting as a volunteer emergency worker, is absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency prior to the time the employee is to report to his or her place of employment. (b) An employer may charge, against the employee's regular pay, any time that an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker loses from employment because of the employee's response to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker. (c) In the case of an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who loses time from his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker, the employer has the right to request the employee to provide the employer with a written statement from the supervisor or acting supervisor of the volunteer fire department or governmental entity that the volunteer emergency worker serves stating that the employee responded to an emergency and stating the time and date of the emergency. (d) An employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who may be absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker must make a reasonable effort to notify his or her employer that he or she may be absent or late. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04; 94-599, eff. 1-1-06.) (50 ILCS 748/10) Sec. 10. Employer's violation; civil action. An employee who is terminated in violation of this Act may bring a civil action against his or her employer who violated this Act. The employee may seek reinstatement to his or her former position, payment of back wages, reinstatement of fringe benefits, and, where seniority rights are granted, reinstatement of seniority rights. The employee must commence such an action within one year after the date of the employer's violation. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04.) (50 ILCS 748/15) Sec. 15. Home rule powers. A home rule unit may not regulate employment in a manner inconsistent with the regulation by the State of employment under this Act. This Section is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04.) (50 ILCS 748/20) Sec. 20. Applicability. This Act does not apply to any employer that is a municipality with a population of 7,500 or more. (Source: P.A. 94-599, eff. 1-1-06; 95-59, eff. 1-1-08.)
Jeremy Hyatt Jeremy Hyatt Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:59:33 PM Almost all states have this law/protection that protects volunteer emergency personal!
Terry Taylor Terry Taylor Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:12:58 PM HIS BOSS IS COVERING HIS ASS AND THE COMPANIES
Josh Kammerud Josh Kammerud Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:13:33 PM The feds are working on it. http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/3685 For now it looks to be on a state by state basis as demonstrated above for IL. WI passed this law in 2010.
Chris Harr Chris Harr Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:14:40 PM We have labor laws in the state of California to prevent things like this from happening, of course the employer can find other reason to fire someone if they choose. If that was the reason he was given, in California he would be covered under the Good Samaritan Act. I hope he gets his job back, but then again why would you want to work for an employer that treats their employee's like that?
Eric Erlendson Eric Erlendson Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:18:23 PM Firefighter going Win - End of Story ... Almost all states have this law/protection that protects volunteer emergency personal!
Mike Brown Mike Brown Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:27:49 PM Unfortunately I was put in a similar situation and got many reprimands from my employer about attendance when I was a volunteer employers don't care that you were at a fire even tho they knew I was a volunteer FF when i was hired as it was on my resume
Jeff Hogya Jeff Hogya Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:37:37 PM Dusty Panda there are laws the protect volunteers. here you go dumb ass Public Act 093-1027 HB4851 Enrolled LRB093 15018 MKM 40589 b AN ACT in relation to employment. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Volunteer Firefighter Job Protection Act. Section 3. Definitions. As used in this Act: "Volunteer firefighter" means a firefighter who does not receive monetary compensation for his or her services to a fire department or fire protection district and who does not work for any other fire department or fire protection district for monetary compensation. "Monetary compensation" does not include a monetary incentive awarded to a firefighter by the board of trustees of a fire protection district under Section 6 of the Fire Protection District Act. Section 5. Volunteer firefighter; when termination of employment prohibited. (a) No public or private employer may terminate an employee who is a volunteer firefighter because the employee, when acting as a volunteer firefighter, is absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency prior to the time the employee is to report to his or her place of employment.
Harold Connor Harold Connor Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:46:53 PM Dusty Panda You should really start doing some investigating. It falls under Federal Volunteer Protection Act which was to be enacted by every state unless the state had one already in place that covered more then the federal one.
Jeff Darius Jeff Darius Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:24:00 PM He should be covered by the volunteer act as long as he called in ahead of time.I know when ever I'm on a run i have to call in and bring documentation from the chief or my captain.man i hope they see he is in the right Noone needs to loose their job for protecting there community.
Jerry Kirsch Sr. Jerry Kirsch Sr. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:56:07 PM Pennsylvania has had a law protecting volunteer firefighters from actions like this for over 20 years. Good luck in your lawsuit hope you win.
Linda Bree Linda Bree Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:57:50 PM I think this is so not right. These men and women put their lives on the line each time they go out on a call. They are not paid and at times probably not even thanked. Many small communities depend on the unselfish men and women. May God protect them on their calls and bring them home safe. My vote is for the Firefighter and his employers should be a shamed!!!!
Chris Werner Chris Werner Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:03:34 PM Some states have laws protecting volunteer firefighters from termination...but it matters very little. American companies may pay lots of lip service to their charitable contributions and their support of community services but the reality is that they really just don't care...it's all show.
Kevin Liesenfelt Kevin Liesenfelt Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:23:26 PM House Bill 4851, sponsored by Rep. Mike Boland (D-Moline) and Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton), creates the Volunteer Firefighter Job Protection Act. The new law says employers of volunteer firefighters in communities with 3,500 people or less cannot dismiss the firefighter for being late or absent to work because he or she was responding to an emergency that occurred prior to the start of the workday. A volunteer firefighter who is terminated in violation of the Act may bring a civil action against the employer by seeking reinstatement to the position, payment of back wages and reinstatement of fringe benefits and seniority rights.
Julia Hoffman Julia Hoffman Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:24:05 PM LOCAL GOVERNMENT (50 ILCS 748/) Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act. (50 ILCS 748/1) Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04; 94-599, eff. 1-1-06.) (50 ILCS 748/3) Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act: "Volunteer emergency worker" means a firefighter who does not receive monetary compensation for his or her services to a fire department or fire protection district and who does not work for any other fire department or fire protection district for monetary compensation. "Volunteer emergency worker" also means a person who does not receive monetary compensation for his or her services as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (licensed as an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act), a volunteer ambulance driver or attendant, or a volunteer "First Responder", as defined in Sec. 3.60 of the Emergency Medical Services (EMT) Systems Act, to a fire department, fire protection district, or other governmental entity and who does not work in one of these capacities for any other fire department, fire protection district, or governmental entity for monetary compensation. "Volunteer emergency worker" also means a person who is a volunteer member of a county or municipal emergency services and disaster agency pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, an auxiliary policeman appointed pursuant to the Municipal Code, or an auxiliary deputy appointed by a county sheriff pursuant to the Counties Code. "Monetary compensation" does not include a monetary incentive awarded to a firefighter by the board of trustees of a fire protection district under Section 6 of the Fire Protection District Act. (Source: P.A. 94-599, eff. 1-1-06; 95-332, eff. 8-21-07.) (50 ILCS 748/5) Sec. 5. Volunteer emergency worker; when termination of employment prohibited. (a) No public or private employer may terminate an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker because the employee, when acting as a volunteer emergency worker, is absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency prior to the time the employee is to report to his or her place of employment. (b) An employer may charge, against the employee's regular pay, any time that an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker loses from employment because of the employee's response to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker. (c) In the case of an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who loses time from his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker, the employer has the right to request the employee to provide the employer with a written statement from the supervisor or acting supervisor of the volunteer fire department or governmental entity that the volunteer emergency worker serves stating that the employee responded to an emergency and stating the time and date of the emergency. (d) An employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who may be absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker must make a reasonable effort to notify his or her employer that he or she may be absent or late. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04; 94-599, eff. 1-1-06.) (50 ILCS 748/10) Sec. 10. Employer's violation; civil action. An employee who is terminated in violation of this Act may bring a civil action against his or her employer who violated this Act. The employee may seek reinstatement to his or her former position, payment of back wages, reinstatement of fringe benefits, and, where seniority rights are granted, reinstatement of seniority rights. The employee must commence such an action within one year after the date of the employer's violation. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04.) (50 ILCS 748/15) Sec. 15. Home rule powers. A home rule unit may not regulate employment in a manner inconsistent with the regulation by the State of employment under this Act. This Section is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04.) (50 ILCS 748/20) Sec. 20. Applicability. This Act does not apply to any employer that is a municipality with a population of 7,500 or more. (Source: P.A. 94-599, eff. 1-1-06; 95-59, eff. 1-1-08.) (50 ILCS 748/99) Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law. (Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04.)
Stacy Meyer Stacy Meyer Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:25:41 PM I'm stunned to know a bill like this is even needed.
Stacy Meyer Stacy Meyer Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:26:01 PM And... HELL YES, by the way.
Brent Oldham Brent Oldham Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:33:18 PM I was a Volunteer Firefighter for 15 years and my boss would not let me go on runs during the day so I finally just turned my gear in because I needed my job.
Annette Smith Annette Smith Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:34:38 PM Excellent points Chris. Volunteer Firefighting is no different then being dragged out of work to serve on a Jury Trial. It should be unlawful to fire a man/woman for doing their civic duty. We had some problems with a Volunteer FF who was also a City Worker showing up at a call during the work day....Too bad City Manager....all hands on deck are all hands on deck, period!
Jay Schlager Jay Schlager Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:56:31 PM know the feeling now, but a great bonus for me is my job is for the healthcare system that also runs the ambulance service, but there are times when even they say no
Noel Richard Noel Richard Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:26:56 PM We have a law against that !
Chris Zumwalt Chris Zumwalt Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:20:20 AM Jeremy Hyatt yea they do but I am a volunteer firefighter and I work at a tribal casino and I am worried about loosing my job because of having to go to a call , our fire district covers 97 square miles cause they tell me of it being on tribal land they have there own rules
Leslie Bauer Leslie Bauer Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:11:04 AM Let's be REAL ! The guy was fighting a fire! What does this company want? This must a company owned by a guy who lives in a fire proof house, a guy who could give a crap about anyone else!
David Buschell David Buschell Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:59:07 AM This story needs to be sent to every newspaper, radio and tv station in the area that the company services. Call for a boycott and but that badturd out of business.
Mary Dennison Edington Mary Dennison Edington Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:12:46 AM Dusty Panda, exactly how do you keep checking the time when you're fighting fire? You don't wear bunker gear? Or does Dispatch tell you over fireground traffic that you should leave lest you be late for work? LMAO! Are you sure you're really a ff? Your scenarios don't sound logical... you don't think like a firefighter.
Mary Dennison Edington Mary Dennison Edington Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:41:53 AM Dusty Panda, you're not a firefighter; you lack the compassion, courage and integrity it takes to be a firefighter. Quit pretending; you're fooling no one
Randy Anderson Randy Anderson Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:59:59 AM Ohio has a law like House Bill 4851 protecting the volunteers IF the employer is aware that the employee is volunteer firefighter prior to.to such an incident and I BELIEVE it says that the chief is suppose to send a "work excuse" to the employer stating date, time, and nature of the emergency
Patrick Cullen Patrick Cullen Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:50:50 PM Hope you win this lawsuit, and keep up the great work
Ronald E. Blackburn Ronald E. Blackburn Friday, February 14, 2014 6:08:47 PM Lets see here the CEO of Hartford Wood River Terminal Oil Company that sounds to me like you would want all the Vol. Firefighters on your payroll you could get. I would be ashamed to let the community I lived in know that I was such an idiot. Good luck Justin, but I don't think you will need it.
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Friday, February 14, 2014 7:12:45 PM I was both a volunteer and later full time FF/Paramedic in IL and from what I always understood that when it came to jury duty or military reserves could not be fired or discharged when called to duty.
Irvin Lichtenstein Irvin Lichtenstein Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:30:59 PM The question is why is he being fired? If it was just for not calling in for being late because of a fire response it would probably be illegal in most states that have volunteer fire protection. It may have been the straw that broke the camel's back however if his performance was marginal. That is what a judge and jury will have to decide.

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