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Firefighters arrested for crossing police line at NJ fire were from FDNY

News report provides details in arrest of 2 FDNY firefighters at 3-alarm Trenton fire

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The New York Post reports two off-duty firefighters arrested during a February 2 three-alarm fire are employed by FDNY. They are accused of defying multiple orders from officers to remain behind the police tape. The official charge is failure to disperse. Trenton officials told the Post’s Susan Edelman the two men were “intoxicated”.

Susan Edelman, New York Post:

While the FDNY typically suspends members for up to 30 days without pay after an arrest, it did not remove Paglione and Farletta.

“There are no allegations at this time which would warrant a suspension,” FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said in an email.

He added, “When the summons cases from NJ are adjudicated, the Department will be able to commence potential disciplinary actions depending on the outcome of that case.”

A veteran FDNY insider said he wasn’t surprised by the light treatment. “Welcome to the new FDNY, where you break the law and the department no longer suspends you. There is no discipline at FDNY any more.”

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