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    I wont say what agency, but another black eye for all of us...

    Federal agents arrest firefighter Patrick Murray for allegedly growing pot plants in Queens basement

    By Jonathan Lemire and John Marzulli
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    Thursday, February 26th 2009, 1:18 AM

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    A quiet residential block on 237th St. in Queens Village allegedly held a forrest of marijuana plants being harvested by firefighter Patrick Murray.

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    Queens pot bust among biggest ever, say feds

    Federal agents arrested a New York City firefighter who was allegedly growing more than 100 marijuana plants in the basement of a rented house in Queens, authorities said.

    Patrick Murray, 34, is a suspected member of a drug trafficking crew that produces hydroponic marijuana in various "grow houses" in Queens and distributes the pot throughout the New York area, according to a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

    Cops received an anonymous tip phoned into the 105th Precinct yesterday that Murray was moving high-powered lights out of a house on 237th St. in Queens Village and loading them onto a U-Haul truck. The special lights are used to grow marijuana indoors, said DEA special agent Diette Ridgeway.

    Murray was sitting in the U-Haul truck when cops approached him and asked what he was doing, the complaint states.

    The firefighter claimed he was just making a U-turn in the driveway, but cops knocked on the door of the house and a tenant told them Murray had been moving items out of the basement, which reeked of marijuana.

    The cops followed the strong smell of pot wafting from the basement and found the plants growing in an unlocked room. The off-duty firefighter was also carrying keys to three doors in the house.

    The stash has a street value of more than $500,000, authorities said.

    Murray was already under investigation by the DEA for the marijuana operation and was taken into federal custody. A second firefighter could also be charged.

    The five-year veteran is assigned to Engine 292 on Queens Blvd. in Woodside, Queens. He has been suspended without pay and is scheduled to be arraigned today. If convicted, he faces five to 40 years in prison.


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    Too bad it wasn't in CA, where he could just sell the pot, pay taxes on it and help their deficit. Oh, have they passed that law yet?

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    Ya know, no matter how ****ed off I am about his actions it pales in comparison.

    You are a whinny little person who has an agenda. One or two people ******ed in your cornflakes and you have to carry a gruge. Go talk to Dr Phil and get over it. You're a sensative cry baby.

    Every office, department, corporation, military branch, etc etc can not weed out every bad apple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDACM02 View Post
    Too bad it wasn't in CA, where he could just sell the pot, pay taxes on it and help their deficit. Oh, have they passed that law yet?
    Sounds like that "Cold" Brrrrrrr weather is getting to you. Dont worry, another few months and you should start defrosting.

    In the meantime, Perhaps consider a vacation over here in sunny california, we could use those tourist dollars. Bring your floaty and sunscreen.

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    Maybe it was oregano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CALFFBOU View Post
    I wont say what agency, but another black eye for all of us...


    A Department of Forestry seasonal firefighter is in jail this morning on charges of felony child abuse of his 2-month-old son, the Fresno County Sheriff's Department reported today.

    Bryon Chadwick Bramwell, 26, of Clovis was arrested Thursday at Children's Hospital Central California, where his son was being treated for severe head injuries.

    There was no immediate word this morning on the boy's condition today.

    According to the sheriff's department report, Bramwell allegedly hit the boy at his home in the 5500 block of North Academy Avenue east of Clovis. Bramwell and the boy's mother started CPR and called 911.

    The boy was taken to Clovis Community Hospital then transferred to Children's, where sheriff's deputies had been called by doctors to investigate the case as possible child abuse.

    Bramwell is being held on $275,000 bail.

    Two other children in the Bramwell home were placed with other family members

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    So, you guys are more upset that CALFFBOU posted this story, then the actual story itself.

    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CALFFBOU View Post

    How is it a "black eye" for you out there in California?? I guess about as much as it is for us when that fire investigator from California I saw on a national news story a few years ago who was lighting fires up and down the California coast on his way to confrences?

    It isnt a black eye for you......stop being so dramatic.

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    Bones...

    He has a massive hardon for the East Coast and the FDNY in particular. Hence the responce to his posting the story.

    Frankly, the coastal thing is similar in scope, quality and usefulness to the fire service as the career/volly battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyJ View Post
    ......stop being so dramatic.
    About as likely as someone beating Kentlend into one of their boxes
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDACM02 View Post
    Too bad it wasn't in CA, where he could just sell the pot, pay taxes on it and help their deficit. Oh, have they passed that law yet?
    Too bad it wasn't in your department, your company and you are the one who was caught!!

    Regardless where this happen, it was a black eye on firemen all over this country.

    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    It is no more a black eye for my department in Wisconsin than something happening of similar scope on the west coast is.

    Not everything bad that a firefighter does is even known about in other parts of the country.

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    Come on guys could you expect anything less from this keyboard hero.His life revolves around a freakin internet firehouse forum. 24-7 he's lives for this forum. This place makes him feel like he really fits in with the brothers.

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    Only 100 plants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    It is no more a black eye for my department in Wisconsin than something happening of similar scope on the west coast is.

    Not everything bad that a firefighter does is even known about in other parts of the country.
    Exactly! Do you really think when Joe Public reads a story like this, he immediatly thinks "wow....the firemen around this country are out of control"?? You've got to be kidding me! What a bunch of Drama Queens!

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    This guy was a POS long before. He beat a cop who was dating his ex almost to the point of no return. He should have been fired then!

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    You start your post off by saying...

    Quote Originally Posted by CALFFBOU View Post
    I wont say what agency, but another black eye for all of us...
    And then post the story, which identifies the agency.

    "Federal agents arrested a New York City firefighter who was allegedly growing more than 100 marijuana plants in the basement of a rented house in Queens, authorities said."
    And you expect people to think that this is anything less than you trying to put a stick in the eye of the FDNY guys? They can tell you better than I, but don't they have somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000 members? I would imagine that with a department that large, there are one or two guys who aren't exactly Eagle Scouts.

    With that said, this guy broke the law. With luck, he'll lose his job, go to jail and the system will have worked. As long as we don't start asking for twinkies and cheetos on medical runs, I don't think anyone is going to think firefighters in my department grow pot just become some moron in NYC did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Too bad it wasn't in your department, your company and you are the one who was caught!!
    Take your Metamucil and QTIP Oldtimer. Maybe you need a digital TV coupon and some FD to install it for you. In case you hadn't seen the news there are people in Cali who would like to legalize and tax Marijuana to help offset their financial woes.

    Hey none of us likes seeing the word "firefighter" in a headline associated with a crime, but who the hell do we think we are? Are we not regular people like carpenters, teachers, auto workers, cops and whoever? I'm sure no one who sees their job as a profession likes to see another from the same get labeled and put on the front page. Get over it, no one really believes 100% of us are heroes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDACM02 View Post
    Too bad it wasn't in CA, where he could just sell the pot, pay taxes on it and help their deficit. Oh, have they passed that law yet?
    Like they say- Ignorance is bliss. No such law or motion.

    So I re-post a national article from another bulleting board where ALL Firefighters were getting heat for this one. And you guys kill the messenger because it involved a member of the department that most here worship? Give me a break. If a CA Fireifghter got busted for growing weed, you girls would be all over it.

    I have posted black eye articles from my state here too- From harrassment and drinking on the job, to fire bombing a union brother's car to the sexual cartoon from the Sac Bee. YOU guys have posted plenty of articles on CA was well over the years. From the San Diego gay pride parade to our Arson Investigator going to prison. What a bunch of hipocrites. A black eye goes a long way for everyone.

    Here you guys are slamming the Sacramento Firefighters
    Here you guys are slaming California Teachers
    Florida Firefighter gets busted for porn, makes all of us look bad

    And I ask you- How many times have we read- "Firefighter busted for Arson" in here? Too many times to count. Shall I post the links?

    I SUGGEST LOOKING AT YOURSELF BEFORE YOU CAST STONES ON OTHERS.

    A little history lesson for you for the ignorant fools on now crying over this. Several years ago, The Sacramento Bee published a cartoon that not only slammed our local Firefighters after a couple of sexual type incidents, but slammed the nation's Firefighters as well. Well, I posted that little gem in here that shamed us locally and it took off on the national level. Enough to where the IAFF President needed to make a national public announcement.

    Yes, I have aired my states dirty laundry here. A black eye to the fire service is a black to us all. Now if a member of the FDNY was growing weed with the common intentions to sell it....who do you think it going to buy the product? Kids. Kis like your own. But hey, he's FDNY so its ok for him to sell weed to kids. Ok, I get it now. But if a CA Firefighter did, hell would rain down in here. Hypocrites.

    By the way, to back up what I am saying, I will post the FH.com link here with the cartoon that set off a nation. And here is is.

    WE are all in this together. When a brother screws up like this, we all take a hit. The public doesnt see decals on truck doors or shoulder patches. All they see it "Firefighter arrested for...." and they look at all of us. We need to police ourselves and protect all of our public image.

    If youre gonna dish it out, make sure you can take it. Bunch of cry babies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by localtrainer75 View Post
    A Department of Forestry seasonal firefighter is in jail this morning on charges of felony child abuse of his 2-month-old son, the Fresno County Sheriff's Department reported today.

    Bryon Chadwick Bramwell, 26, of Clovis was arrested Thursday at Children's Hospital Central California, where his son was being treated for severe head injuries.

    There was no immediate word this morning on the boy's condition today.

    According to the sheriff's department report, Bramwell allegedly hit the boy at his home in the 5500 block of North Academy Avenue east of Clovis. Bramwell and the boy's mother started CPR and called 911.

    The boy was taken to Clovis Community Hospital then transferred to Children's, where sheriff's deputies had been called by doctors to investigate the case as possible child abuse.

    Bramwell is being held on $275,000 bail.

    Two other children in the Bramwell home were placed with other family members
    That jackass was CDF??? Funny, the local news here failed to mention that. I hope he gets life without the possibility of being seperated from his new cell husband.
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