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I had no idea how badly the deck would be stacked against me. I knew that there would be accident reconstructionists and other experts. However, when my own training officer took the stand and started to testify against me, I knew all was lost; from an emotional standpoint, I was devastated to think that a brother firefighter would testify against me. As firefighters, we believe that as bad as anything gets, we still have the support of our brother and sister firefighters, but in the mock trial that simply was not the case.
Again, I would like to thank Mark Butler and all of the participants in the mock trial for not only taking part in it, but the way you all worked so hard to make it feel and look very real. It is a credit to your professionalism and your dedication to safety in the fire service.
MARK BUTLER, who portrayed the plaintiff's lawyer in this mock trial, is a Buffalo, NY-based volunteer firefighter, New York State-certified fire instructor and attorney who represents fire departments, fire districts and municipalities regarding fire and emergency services.