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A pair of New Braunfels firefighters who were paid to quarantine in April after possible exposure to the novel coronavirus were suspended in late May after it was discovered they drank mixed drinks, had bottles of vodka delivered to the hotel where they were supposed to quarantine, and damaged hotel property, records obtained Monday by the Eyewitness Wants to Know team revealed.
The agency took the fire department personnel who were potentially exposed to the virus out of service and paid them to quarantine, according to records. Some of those quarantined fire department personnel opted to stay at a Marriott Hotel and had their rooms and meals at the hotel paid for by the City of New Braunfels, disciplinary documents state.
“The incident in question, where alcohol was consumed and water damage occurred to the hotel, happened during the quarantine period at the hotel, where the employees were still considered on duty per city policy,” (City Manager Robert).Camareno said in a statement. “A total of three firefighters have since received disciplinary action. A fourth firefighter, who was responsible for the damage to the hotel, resigned before the completion of the administrative investigation.”
“The choices made by these firefighters are disappointing, but those actions should not reflect on the culture, professionalism, and commitment of the New Braunfels Fire Department or the city of New Braunfels,” he said.