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    Angry Firefighter thieves

    Muskego Firefighters Under Investigation
    Pool Cues, Ball, Darts Missing After Warehouse Fire

    POSTED: 4:51 pm CST March 4, 2005

    MUSKEGO, Wis. -- An investigation into misconduct at the Muskego Fire Department is widening.

    Four people have been arrested so far, and there could be more arrests the way.

    The four people arrested are accused of stealing from a warehouse after a massive fire in December.

    The warehouse was stocked with pool cues, pool balls, darts, and other home recreation items when it burned three months ago.

    Now, some in the community believe the reputation of the fire department that responded that night is as tarnished as the rusted metal remains.

    The fire was spectacular. More than 150 firefighters from several local departments responded.

    It was thought that everything of value burned, and the way the fire raged, it was easy to believe it.

    But Muskego police believe a number of firefighters managed to salvage some items and keep them for themselves.

    "Is it disappointing to hear that?" 12 News reporter Nick Bohr asked.

    "Yes, it is. You trust in your firefighters and something like this happens," Muskego resident Sheila Schultz said.

    At least three of the four people arrested are Muskego firefighters. They're accused of taking things like pool cues, balls, and darts.

    The fire chief told 12 News he's been asked by the police not to comment other than to say, "This is extremely distressing on my part here. To tell you the honest to God truth, I am just sick to death."

    Police told Bohr they still have a lot of people who were there that night to interview.

    The fire chief said the firefighters who were arrested are newer to the department.

    Police said it will be several more days before they're ready to present the case to the district attorney for charges.

    The four suspects were booked at the Muskego and released on their own recognizance.
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    Another blow to fire fighters.

    I can't believe what some people think some times.
    HELLO STEALING IS STEALING. Wether the building is burned, or a door is unlock, or its left on the porch. Taking property of someone elses without there knowledege and ok/pay is STEALING. Hello wouldn't you think they would have a problem with people coming into there department and taking stuff. YAH I THINK SO.
    That is just wrong.
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    I couldn't believe it when I read it on the front page.....
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    Steal= cut off hand
    Lie = cut off tounge
    Rape= cut off eeyyaahhh
    Kill= kill
    That should discourage the immorals.
    Sometimes the middle east can re-teach us a thing or two.

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    Originally posted by snowball
    Steal= cut off hand
    Lie = cut off tounge
    Rape= cut off eeyyaahhh
    Kill= kill
    That should discourage the immorals.
    Sometimes the middle east can re-teach us a thing or two.
    We would have a lot of politicians who couldn't hold onto anything and speak, either!
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    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo


    We would have a lot of politicians who couldn't hold onto anything and speak, either!

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    there'd be a lot of genderless politicans and mute interns walking around....

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    MUSKEGO, Wis. (AP) - Three firefighters and a deputy fire chief
    have been arrested on suspicion of theft connected to a fire at a
    billiards and air hockey warehouse, police said.
    The four men were booked on suspicion of misdemeanor theft and
    released, Muskego police said Friday. No foul play is suspected in
    the fire's cause.
    Muskego police would not release details of the arrests, which
    were connected to a Dec. 16 warehouse fire at the Muskego
    Industrial Park, Sgt. John Mesich said. Police arrested the men
    Tuesday and Thursday.
    The men were Todd Bluhm, the deputy chief of the Big Bend-Vernon
    department; Jay Richards, a Big Bend-Vernon firefighter and
    paramedic; and Adam Miller and Andrew Peterson, both volunteer
    Muskego firefighters who lost their jobs during the investigation.
    Bluhm, 35, of the Town of Waterford, and Richards, 27, of
    Muskego, have not yet been disciplined but probably will be
    suspended, said Big Bend-Vernon Fire Chief Phil Buchholtz. The
    department only has four employees.
    Bluhm joined the Big Bend-Vernon department in August 2000.
    Richards has been with the department since March 2002.
    The Muskego firefighters arrested were asked to leave the
    department within two weeks of the fire, Muskego Fire Chief Edwin
    Schaefer said Friday. He said he could not say how long the two had
    been with the department.
    "We had an internal investigation over some things here,"
    Schaefer said Friday. "We thought it was contained to a simple
    piece of equipment. We had no idea that it was ever going to
    escalate to this."
    Schaefer declined to say what the piece of equipment was or give
    any other details on the incident.
    "We've been deeply traumatized by this, and we're trying to
    cooperate with the Police Department," he said. "I don't want to
    say anything that's going to impede their investigation at this
    point."
    Reached on his cell phone by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
    Peterson, 22, of Muskego, hung up without answering questions. A
    phone number could not be found by The Associated Press for
    Peterson. Miller, 23, of Muskego, could not be reached for comment
    Saturday by The Associated Press.
    No listing could be found by The Associated Press for Bluhm.
    Richards did not immediately return a message left Saturday.
    No one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the Great Lakes
    Dart Distributors warehouse.
    Nearly 200 firefighters from New Berlin, Tess Corners, Hales
    Corners, Greendale, Franklin and the Towns of Brookfield and
    Raymond joined the Muskego Volunteer Fire Department to fight the
    blaze.
    The fire likely began after a strong wind smashed a sodium-vapor
    light bulb that then ignited cardboard, Muskego Police Chief John
    Johnson said in December. The building was a total loss, as was the
    $1 million of recreational equipment inside of it.
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    You know, it's ironic, but we have been discussing this very same issue in a volunteer forum.
    I believe-and don't quote me-that the person asking for advice is a Wisconsinite. I could be wrong. What it boils down to is that no one on her department has the kohonas to challenge the person who is stealing from their department.
    Maybe she should read this recent story and see how swiftly the justice of a fire department is, who cares about their public image, that is.
    When will we learn that any breach of the public trust-I repeat; ANY breach of the public trust-destroys a confidence that has taken centuries to build.
    The adoring public isn't as forgiving as it once was.
    Screen your people; then monitor them. Their selfish act will rip the heart and soul from your organization. And in many communities, their fire department is their community's heartbeat.
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    i have to much respect for the rest of the brothers to type the cuss laden commentary .. they should be assaulted with the items they stole ... whoa , think about that ...

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    Hypocrites...

    Why are we asked to hold judgement on some cases when firefighters are in trouble with the law until all the facts come out and yet in this case you have all played prosecuter, judge and jury?

    I am not affiliated with any of the FD's in question. My volly FD is located half the state away from them. I do know people on one of the FD's, who have not been implicated.

    When the cases go to court and people are convicted or acquittred then you should make your comments. Until then having one standard that says we can't express opinions about some incidents, particularly those involving larger east and west coast FD's, and another that say we can say whatever we like about other smaller FD's is hypocrisy at it's finest.

    Don't like my opinion? Too bad.

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    And I will say again, that, in our business, when word gets out that there MAY be a breach of the public trust, we are guilty until proven innocent! And that may include by some of our own.
    I, too, am from a small department and if any of our members were suspected of stealing, they would be immediately confronted. If the preliminary evidence indicated that a crime may have been committed by the accused, then charges would be filed. And we would want them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And the public be made aware of it. Why? So they wouldn't think that we were trying to hush it, or otherwise, affect the outcome.
    Now, I know some out there would do what they could to shape the outcome of an internal investigation because they are guided by the notion that by helping to cover it up or change its outcome, they aren't forsaking their "brotherhood". Good; bad; or indifferent, right?
    And of course, there are all of those other redeeming qualities of this person who has been stealing from you for the last 15 years.
    And don't accuse me of being a purist. I have plenty to be ashamed of, but stealing is not it.
    Some of you need to come to the realization that even the "appearance" of wrong-doing can be the un-doing of small departments in small communities.
    Believe that we are all innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law, but in the eyes of the public, they are clamoring for us to prove it...everyday.
    Reality bites.
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    Default Yo...

    First, as a person, we should all know better. As
    Firefighters, I would hope it goes up one level as
    to really knowing better.

    Its just so wrong. More 9/11 respect being eroded away.

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    Lightbulb Whoa...

    Originally posted by captstanm1
    Lock em up....throw away the key!
    Isnt that a little extream? Maybe make them give talks
    to our youth about the subject after they do
    their time/punishment.

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    The investigation is still under way. 2 firefighters at this point have been fired and 2 are on suspension. It is being handled both internally and through investigation by the police.

    My point is there seems to be a major bias here that the larger coastal FD's be given more latitude on this forum about criminal activities under investigation. It doesn't seem to be the same for smaller combo or POC FD's.

    Of course stealing is wrong. Of course it erodes the FD's good public image. That is not my point, and knowing these FD's these FF's will be dealt with to the extent of the rules of their respective FD's as well as by the criminal justice system, the point is don't tell me I can't comment about scandals in the FDNY or California or Chicago without all the facts when that is exactly what you are doing here.

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