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Competitive tension between volunteer and career firefighters, which boiled over at the scene of a fire and landed inside a Prince George’s County courtroom, has been resolved.
Two Maryland firefighters charged with attacking two colleagues at a house fire in 2015 have been acquitted by a jury of all charges.
Jeffrey Miller and Christopher Kelly are both volunteer firefighters with the West Lanham Hills station.
They were facing second-degree assault charges, as well as accusations of interfering with a firefighter and misconduct in office stemming from a situation that occurred on Dec. 8, 2015.
Police and prosecutors alleged the two attacked two female career firefighters from Career Engine 30 at the scene of a house fire in Hyattsville, an incident that former chief Marc Bashoor would describe as a “turf battle” between career and volunteer firefighters in the wake of that incident.
Bashoor, who is now retired, went on to institute a number of policy changes related to how the department would respond to calls.
The trial lasted four days, and the verdict came in shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.
An attorney representing Kelly, Brian Bregman, confirmed the news to WTOP Saturday afternoon.
He also broke down the specifics of what exactly happened the night of the fight.