Video: Resident records expletive-filled confrontation with fire chief

The mayor is calling for an investigation into what happened and said the profanity-laced encounter was out of character for the chief


UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A fire chief was involved in an expletive-ridden argument with a self- titled community activist who captured the incident with his cellphone Monday.

WTAE reported that Uniontown Fire Chief Charles Coldren and resident Chris Shellhammer got into a fight after Shellhammer stepped onto a fire scene to record what was going on in his neighborhood.

"You're not going to tell me how to do my (expletive) job. Now, if you want to keep running your lip I'll have you (expletive) arrested. You can record me all you want. I don't give a flying (expletive)," Chief Coldren says in the video.

Shellhammer described himself as a community activist, and at one point in the video, Chief Coldren appears to challenge Shellhammer to a fight.

"You want to put that down and take it to another level? Let's go," Chief Coldren said in the video.

"For lack of a better word, I was scared, just straight up scared," Shellhammer said.

The video has been viewed more than 5,000 times in YouTube.

"You only hear one side of it, not that that makes either side right," Uniontown Mayor Ed Fike said.

Fike is calling for an investigation into what happened and said the profanity-laced encounter was out of character for Chief Coldren, according to the report.

"It's not acceptable. But we do get provoked from time to time. People do push you into the corner and you say things off the cuff you maybe don't mean and I'm sure there's another side to this story," Fike said.

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