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Firefighter & vehicle found at night club instead of on emergency call to help child

Louisiana firefighter hired with criminal past has previous complaints

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An interesting story from Jeff Beimfohr and Vickie Welborn at KTBS-TV about a firefighter in Mansfield, Louisiana. The TV station has a copy of a report written by a Mansfield police officer saying that an on-duty firefighter had taken a fire department vehicle to a night club and was inside partying when a call came in for a child who had received an electric shock. The fire chief, LaTarsha Shelton, says the police department report was news to her. The chief was apparently aware of complaints from her own captain about the actions of firefighter Gwenda Taylor on the night of August 2, but not the police information. Taylor remains on full duty.

According to KTBS-TV, Taylor was hired despite having a criminal record that included convictions for forgery, shoplifting and drug possession. The TV station reports records show this is not the first time Taylor couldn’t be found while on duty. In addition KTBS-TV says Taylor also brought a gun to the firehouse despite being a convicted felon who’s not allowed to have a gun.

You can read and watch the entire story here.

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