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Fire company closed after firefighters allegedly responded drunk

The Speedwell Fire Company was decertified after seven out of nine firefighters who responded to a call were allegedly under the influence of alcohol


By FireRescue1 Staff

SPEEDWELL, Pa. — A fire department was decertified after firefighters allegedly responded to a call while under the influence of alcohol.

Lebanon Daily News reported that the Speedwell Fire Company was suspended after seven out of nine firefighters who responded to a call were drunk, according to township commissioner John Brenner.

"The results of the investigation found that numerous members responded to this incident after consuming alcoholic beverages, to include the operators of both Engine and Squad 39," Brenner said in a letter.

The incident in question occurred at the restaurant Pete’s Pizza, when several fire departments were dispatched to what ended up being smoke from an oven.

Brenner stressed that the community will still be covered, as Ebenezer Fire Company will now take fire calls for the township.

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