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
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."