Three Officers of Wisc. Fire Department Resign

All three officers of a Wisconsin fire department have quit.

Readstown Fire Chief Phil Townsend, Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Clark and Treasurer Rosie Welch resigned amid a probe, according to Lacrosse Tribune.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Department is investigating both the Readstown Fire Department and the Readstown EMS, Vernon County Sheriff John Spears told reporters.

Firefighters in nearby Viroqua, Viola and Soldiers Grove have been notified, and are prepared to respond if necessary.

In July of 2013, Townsend pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of theft in a business setting in a plea agreement with Vernon County prosecutors. He was originally charged with a felony charge of misconduct in office as fire chief, the paper reported.

Despite the misdemeanor conviction, Townsend was voted back in as chief because he was the only one qualified.

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