Seven Michigan Firemen Dismissed For Sex On Duty

Ranks range from firefighter to captain -- the group denies the charges

Evert, 52, was fired for having on-duty sex with a woman in 2002 and/or 2003 at the Ferguson Road station. Her initials are the same as the woman Stoker was accused of sleeping with.

Moore, 34, was initially suspended Sept. 23 for having sex while on duty in 2002. He initially denied the incident but later admitted it.

It appeared to be a single instance, but the investigation concluded Moore had also engaged in sex with three women at the Spring Arbor station at different times between 2000 and 2002. The accounts were verified by two former township firefighters who participated in the sex, as well as two women involved, according to the termination letter.

Shaw, 31, was dismissed from the department for having sex with his girlfriend and another woman at the Spring Arbor Road station.

Witkowski, 39, was fired for having sex in 2003 at the Spring Arbor Road station with a woman who was apparently his girlfriend.

Warner, 29, was fired for participating in sex with three separate women, starting in 2002 at the Spring Arbor Road station. Two sexual encounters, one in 2002 and another in 2003, were confirmed by a former township firefighter "who was on duty (with Warner) at the time and participated in the sexual activity," Warner's termination letter stated. Another instance of on-duty sex with a fourth woman occurred at the Jackson city fire station on Milwaukee Street, where he was assigned while Summit's Spring Arbor station was under construction.

Because of the allegations that Warner had sex on duty while at a Jackson fire station, Jackson Fire Chief Larry Bosell said he is investigating whether any of his firefighters knew of the alleged sexual activity, or were involved with it.

Preliminary indications are that Jackson firefighters did not know what was going on, he said.

"What we have done up to now is we're going through our daily records and finding out who was where at what time," Bosell said.

"We're going to bring in some of our guys and we're going to ask them if they were aware. ! There might be some discipline, it depends on if they come clean or not."

Still to be determined is how the public reacts to the claims that firefighters were having sex on the job.

The township's next board meeting -- the first since the allegations arose -- will be held Nov. 8.

Bosell said the whole situation is unfortunate for the profession.

"It's become such a large black eye for firefighters in general," he said.

"Most firefighters are actually pretty good people. Every once in a while something like this happens."