Several Chicago firefighters face punishment in firehouse scandal

Up to 12 firefighters are accused of turning a blind eye while a colleague allegedly had sex with his girlfriend at the station


By FireRescue1 Staff

CHICAGO — Up to a dozen firefighters are facing punishment for turning a blind eye while a colleague allegedly had sex with his girlfriend at the station.

Chicago Sun Times reported that the accused firefighter faces either a long suspension or termination after his ex-girlfriend filed a complaint that they engaged in sexual activity at the firehouse. A source said that the other firefighters are accused of “varying degrees of not paying attention or looking the other way.”

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the allegation was taken very seriously and nearly two dozen firefighters were interviewed about the incident. The accuser also provided phone calls and text messages to back up her claims.

“Following the allegations of improper activity in a firehouse, an internal investigation was immediately opened,” Langford said. “The investigation was completed on January 17, following the complete review of all evidence and nearly two dozen interviews, and the accused has been served charges. CFD Labor Division is finalizing the charges and will be issuing findings soon.”

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