Boston Fire Department
How would you caption this photo? OK, not really a contest, since there's no prize (but I assume it's still void where prohibited).
So the FBI is investigating medical-retirement practices in the Boston Fire Department and now some of the medical records involved in that investigation have disappeared, so the FBI has to launch a new investigation into that investigation.
But, come on:
... At the least, Arroyo's injury claim and subsequent bodybuilding competition came at an awkward time. In mid-April, a federal grand jury issued scores of subpoenas to Boston firefighters as part of a criminal investigation into years of questionable disability injury claims by retired and active firefighters of all ranks. ...
... I lost a lot, other people in other units lost more and less than I did. But those are possessions. We all have our lives.
This isn't so much an attention plea as much as it is a first-hand account of how we have a really great fire department. ...
And such a shame so many got sick on Memorial Day when they couldn't enjoy the holiday.
The Globe reports yet another Boston firefighter has run afoul of the law: This time for allegedly soliciting sex for a fee.
An officer disguised as a prostitute was standing at a public parking lot near Blue Hill Avenue and La Grange Place at about 10:50 p.m. Friday when Collin M. Herelle pulled up in his white Cadillac and offered the officer $29 for a sex act, according to police.
Firefighters demand respect from media following months of stories involving alleged drug use, federal probes, etc., etc.
What's interesting in comparing the stories by the Globe (above) and Herald is how the Globe explains that when firefighters started yelling how they are tired of being treated like "dogs" by the media, they were referring to a Herald editorial calling on the city to pull back on their "long leash," a fact the Herald omitted.
A Boston firefighter was arrested after being spotted buying OxyContin from a dealer at the Broadway T stop, Channel 5 reports. His brother-in-law is a top Boston cop.
And now the feds are looking at the Boston Fire Department.
Boston firefighter faces assault and battery charges.
Alleged pot-smoking firefighter also alleged girlfriend-beating firefighter.
Maybe Boston firefighters should be pushing for free Avodart.
On Saint Patrick's Day, Ladder 28 broke down and had to be taken to the maintenance and repair facility over on Southampton Street. Usually, the Boston Fire Department has plenty of spare ladders to send to the firehouses that need them...but as Murphy's Law would have it, they too were having problems.
Suffolk County DA Dan Conley announced today he's done with his investigation into the fatal fire that killed Boston firefighters Warren Payne and Paul Cahill and that he found nothing criminal.
In addition, I have authorized the release of the contents of our entire investigative file, including autopsy and toxicology results, to Boston Fire Commissioner Roderick J. Fraser, Jr. and the Boston Fire Department's Board of Inquiry should they wish to review it in the course of their own investigation.
Wayne Abron of Dorchester pleaded innocent this morning in Roxbury District Court to two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, one count of assault and battery on his girlfriend, and single counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Abron allegedly went after police officers trying to keep him from attacking his girlfriend on Howard Avenue early Sunday, according to prosecutors and the Globe.
The Herald reports he had one outstanding restraining order against him, by another woman.
Nothing like a little fear, surprise and the comfy chair to liven up the contract talks. But how come the firefighters local isn't warning Charlestown about how Tom Menino wants to incinerate them in a blinding ball of LNG death flame?
Dear Boston Herald: You're getting carried away with this "jakes" thing. Jakes, jakes, jakes. Jakes on a rake. Jakes in a quake. Jakes with a snake. Jakes eat a steak. Jakes eat a snake. Yeah, it fits in a headline, but land's sake!
Click on through for a rockem-sockem loosey-goosey summary of the media coverage of this story, which was varied to say the least. Will the grand but lightweight Globe take the short-but-sweet prize for best writeup? Or will the rough, battle-hardened Herald take the Globe to the cleaners? What about the
litter transit pulp papers? How do the Kings of Swooshing Animations and Lead-Ins fare?
First up, at 194 words: Maria Cramer, from The Globe:
The Globe reports a Boston firefighter, in uniform and in a department vehicle, was arrested in Dorchester this afternoon on drug-possession charges after police spotted him smoking what appeared to be marijuana.
The arrest comes one day after the Boston firefighters union stormed out of contract talks that have largely stalemated over the issue of mandatory drug and alcohol testing.