Drunk? Call A Taxi, Not A Firefighter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday that three on-duty firefighters took one of Fort Lauderdale's busiest fire engines - worth $400,000 - out of the city to pick up the two stranded firefighters and take them to a house in Coral Springs.

The Sun-Sentinel reports the off-duty firefighters were involved in a hit-and-run accident in Pompano Beach after drinking at local establishments.

Fire Chief James Eddy says the February 2008 incident compromised the safety of the public by taking a crucial fire engine out of service and violated the public trust by misusing public funds.

Eddy fired one of the firefighters and suspended two supervisors. The fired employee was driving the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run crash.


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