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    Post Albuquerque firefighters now face background checks

    They're just implementing these checks now??? There must be more to this.......anyone know the whole story?

    (Albuquerque, New Mexico-AP) -- Firefighters in Albuquerque, New
    Mexico, will face yearly background checks -- now that officials
    have discovered one of their colleagues has been arrested eleven
    times for drunken driving.
    The veteran firefighter is on paid leave pending a review.
    The mayor says, "It's outrageous." He says the firefighter
    needs to be in jail, not working for the city.
    Most of the city Fire Department's 681 employees will now be
    screened, beginning in February. New recruits are being checked for
    arrests, convictions and active warrants.
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    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Albuquerque firefighters will face annual
    background checks in the wake of the discovery that a veteran
    firefighter has been arrested 11 times for drunken driving.
    Peter Lopez is on paid leave pending a review of his most recent
    arrest.
    "It's outrageous," said Mayor Martin Chavez, who met Monday
    with the city attorney, chief administrative officer and fire
    chief. "With 11 DWIs he doesn't need to be working for the city.
    ... He needs to be in jail."
    A rookie firefighter was arrested last week on a drunken driving
    charge, but has not been placed on leave.
    Most of the Albuquerque Fire Department's 681 employees will be
    screened beginning in February, Deputy Chief Robert Montoya said
    Monday.
    Lopez was hired by the city in 1987, and told the department at
    the time that he had been arrested once for drunken driving, in
    1984, Montoya said.
    He was arrested in November 2002 for what the department thought
    was his second arrest, Montoya said. The case remains pending.
    He was arrested again Dec. 7. Montoya said Lopez contacted his
    bosses after the arrest.
    Police charged him with drunken driving, evading arrest and
    driving on a revoked license.
    After the most recent arrest, fire officials asked city police
    to do a background check on Lopez, which turned up eight other
    arrests on Lopez's record, Montoya said.
    Last week, rookie firefighter Alberto Ortega, nephew of Chief
    Robert Ortega, voluntarily entered the city's substance abuse
    treatment program after being arrested for drunken driving. It was
    his first arrest. Alberto Ortega has been with the department about
    two years.
    Montoya said new recruits now are screened for arrests,
    convictions and active warrants.

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    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - An Albuquerque firefighter whose repeated
    drunken driving arrests prompted the mayor to change city rules
    pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while intoxicated.
    Pete Lopez's pleas entered Thursday in state district court stem
    from drunken driving arrests in November 2002 and on Dec. 7.
    He will spend the next 60 days at the state prison in Grants
    undergoing a psychological evaluation before being sentenced, his
    attorney, Rudy Chavez, said.
    Lopez has been arrested eleven times for drunken driving.
    Mayor Martin Chavez beefed up city rules regarding public safety
    employees charged with DWI after learning about Lopez's record.
    The city's public safety director, Nick Bakas, has said the city
    is in the process of firing Lopez.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    Angry Horrible Backlash

    The sad part of this, or the "Backlash" is that now all Albuquerque Fire Department employees are FIRED IMMEDIATLY upon ANY arrest for suspision of DWI! I'm not talking about convictions, or multiple convictions, ONE SINGLE ARREST. Before one goes to trial. As soon as you walk out of the booking you head over to turn in your gear, even if your two years from retirement! How fair is that? Any other departments out there that strict? I always thought that in this country one was innocent until proven guilty. I guess not. Now the City uses "Conduct Unbecomming a Firefighter" as the reason! They can now fire ANYONE who basically gets on the local news. At least 10 have been canned in the last two years for this. The sad part is, 99 % of these guys are good assests to the city and department, they just made a mistake OUTSIDE of work. And they lose everything for it. SOUND OFF! -- Is it fair that this is happening brother and sisters?

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    This is old news, but I don't think somone with that many arrest should be allowed to stay..
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