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Capt. fired for religious emails wants job back

Wash. state Capt. Jon Sprague says he was improperly fired and that his sending emails from his dept. account was protected by his free speech rights

By Nina Culver
Spokesman Review

SPOKANE, Wash. — Former Spokane Valley Fire Department Capt. Jon Sprague tried to convince the department's Civil Service Commission on Monday that he was improperly fired in October.

Sprague was terminated after first being reprimanded and then suspended for two 24-hour shifts without pay for repeatedly sending religious emails from his department email account despite orders to stop. Sprague has argued that sending the emails, which are tied to his Spokane County Christian Firefighter Fellowship group, are a right of free speech.

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