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Fire chief, police chief & town lawyer show up at arrested firefighter’s home. An unusual attempt to hold a disciplinary hearing in Johnston, RI.

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Firefighter David Lashus has been on TV and in the papers in recent days but yesterday’s story will likely be the most memorable one of this week of news coverage. A TV camera was rolling as the fire chief, police chief and town lawyer in Johnston, Rhode Island showed up at Lashus’ home in an attempt to hold a disciplinary hearing over his employment status. The town officials were prepared to have the meeting in Lashus’ living room if needed.

David Lashus and his 21-year-old son were busted earlier in the week. Police say the son received a package of marijuana from California. According to investigators, this brought the discovery of 100 marijuana plants, lots of cash and guns inside the home. What really made headlines is that Firefighter Lashus has been off work for three years with pay due to an on the job back injury.

Brian Crandall, WJAR-TV:

Officials talked to Lashus through his window. Someone else inside recorded the conversation with a cellphone as Lashus stood in the background.

Lashus is on home confinement, and town officials tell NBC 10 they’ve been trying to hold a disciplinary hearing with him to get his side of the story before they potentially take action on his job status.

They said Lashus refused their offer to hold the hearing at his house Friday evening and that he also refused a ride to Town Hall to have it there.

The mayor is expected to decide Monday on the job-related punishment for Lashus.




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  • Lieutenant05

    Dear Mayor, Fire Chief, Police Chief, City Lawyer,

    There is a correct and easy solution to your problem: FIRE THIS GUY! There are plenty of good men and women out there that strive through years of college, vol. experience and training that have no criminal/drug history that deserve the position and the paycheck much more!


    An aspiring Career FF

  • SFC

    Bye Bye….your job has been terminated.

    There is no way he can claim that he didn’t know about the 100 marijuana plants in his house.

  • Sharppointy1

    Sounds like this soon to be former firefighter is actually a criminal. I join the chorus: Fire the bum!
    Wonder if he’s been faking injury, too – maybe the town can go after him for years of back pay?

  • Anonymous

    Medical marijuana for his back injury ;)


    What a P.O.S. Guys like this give us all a bad name! Fire this guy A.S.A.P. Freeloader!

  • Former Chief

    While I would like to say fire him, you probably can’t until the criminal case is adjudicated. So, suspend him WITHOUT pay until such time as his guilt or innocence is determined by the court. Then fire him.

  • RJ(in florida)

    i gotta agree with those that say of the city didnt give him notice that they were comming, he might have a grounds for some kind of lawsuit for tresspassing, harassment, etc. but i also agree that 3 years of sick and been involved in a crime? he’s gotta go

    i guess he’s got some great union representation or the work rules were written by the firefighters

    • BH

      It’s a state where the Labor Board is controlled by the unions, the state legislature is controlled by the unions, the EMS board is 50% union…

      A police officer convicted of exposing himself on a state highway is going to get his job back, probably with back pay and seniority. FD dispatchers who didn’t send an ambulance to a report of a woman bleeding bleeding (who died of exanguination) got their jobs back with back pay. A firefighter on permanent tax-free disability due to a shoulder injury is on camera lifting weights at the gym is still collecting.

      Meanwhile their unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, high illiteracy, high taxes, worst place to start a business, towns going bankrupt, largest employer in the state IS the state…