Three Orange Township firefighters fired
ORANGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Three firefighters are without a job after being fired for verbally and physically abusing a part-time firefighter according to WSYX/WTTE.
Officials in Orange Township voted to accept recommendations from investigators on Monday.
Those terminated are Captain John Hodges; Lieutenant David Martin; and Firefighter/Paramedic Brad Belville.
Investigators says the acts of abuse occurred at Orange Township Fire Station 361.
The investigation began when a part-time firefighter requested a transfer. Interviews with firefighters revealed hazing and bullying was occurring against the part-time firefighter.
In the report it was stated that the firefighter was forced to carry a trash can around his neck and that he was verbally abused and called a f—— embarrassment, according to WSYX/WTTE.
It was also noted that the part-time firefighter was frequently hit in the groin area.
The investigation mentioned other firefighters wo took part in the hazing. Officials decided against firing a fourth firefighter.