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Monday, November 22, 2004
City firing two caught on tape
By O'Ryan Johnson and Jim Patten
Staff Writers

LAWRENCE -- A firefighter and a dispatcher caught on videotape while snorting cocaine and drinking beer at the department's alarm headquarters will both be fired, said Mayor Michael J. Sullivan.

Sullivan identified the firefighter as Isidro "Junior" Cordero and the civilian call taker as Judy Brito. Both were caught on secret film shot Wednesday night and early Thursday inside the department's communications center at 60 Bodwell St. Both were on duty at the time.

"She'd pass him a spoon; they'd snort it. They had open beers," Sullivan said. "It's not like there's any more investigating. It's all on the tape."

The radio room was the only area covered by the surveillance camera. There is an adjacent bunkroom, but neither Brito nor Cordero left the radio room for any significant period of time during their shift, Sullivan said.

The mayor said he is terminating both employees based on alcohol and drug abuse on the job. Also caught on tape were two civilians drinking and using cocaine with Brito and Cordero. They have not been identified.

City lawyer James Bowers said Brito's termination would be effective today and that she could submit a grievance on the firing through the union.

Cordero is protected by Civil Service and must be sent a letter stating the city's intent to fire him and the reasons for the termination. A closed hearing will be scheduled for Friday and if the hearings officer upholds the mayor's decision to fire Cordero, the mayor then has seven days to send him a letter announcing his termination.

Brito and Cordero have been on paid administrative leave since Thursday, Fire Chief Joseph Marquis said. Neither Brito nor Cordero could be reached for comment.

Marquis said the investigation began Nov. 1 with an anonymous call to Deputy Fire Chief Peter Takvorian.

During that call, a woman made allegations that Cordero and Brito had been drinking, doing cocaine, and engaging in sexual activity while working their overnight shifts at fire alarm headquarters. Sullivan said the city is not alleging either Brito or Cordero was involved in sexual activity.

Marquis said the allegations had credibility because the woman told Takvorian she had been present and participated in the activities she was describing, and seemed to know a lot about the operation of fire alarm headquarters.

The investigation was delayed because Cordero was on vacation for a week and he and Brito did not work together again until Wednesday night when the cameras caught them drinking and doing drugs.

Both were called to central fire headquarters on Thursday, told of the investigation and placed on leave, officials said. Cordero admitted to drinking and using cocaine, but Brito did not, Marquis said. Fire Department operations were not affected by the pair's alleged misconduct but "the potential was there," Bowers said.

Marquis was upset by the incidents.

"It's a very good department, one of the best in the country. The actions of two individuals have embarrassed the city and the Fire Department," Marquis said.

Their actions, he said, "endangered the public safety for the residents of the city of Lawrence and the safety of the firefighters that were on duty. The behavior of the two operators is in violation of Lawrence Fire Department regulations, totally unacceptable -- embarrassing to the city, and has darkened the public image of the Lawrence Fire Department and has shaken the trust that we have worked hard to establish."

Firefighters union President Patrick Driscoll said he did not have enough information to comment.

"Right now we have no comment," he said. "They will be given a hearing. They are entitled to rights as members of the union."

Cordero has been a city employee since 1988, and joined the Fire Department in 1998. His annual salary is $46,562, Marquis said this morning.

Brito was hired by the city in 2000 and went to work at the Fire Department in 2001. Her salary is $33,357, Marquis said.

Marquis said Brito had been counseled for her use of sick time, but other than that, both Cordero and Brito had no record of discipline problems.

Police Chief John J. Romero said this morning the pair will not face criminal charges in relation to the drug use because investigators do not have any of the substance they were seen taking on the videotape to send for testing.

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"Junior" was in my Building construction for Fire Protection class in the spring semister. Cant really say anything about him, didnt talk to him at all.
Another stain.
 

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Same as any job...no matter how carefully you screen, some clown gets through! :evil:

But they do keep the "heat" off the rest of us! :D
 

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Firefighter, Dispatcher Not Charged For Alleged Drug Use
Officials Fail To Find Enough Physical Evidence


LAWRENCE, Mass. -- A Lawrence firefighter and a dispatcher who were allegedly caught on videotape snorting cocaine and drinking beer on duty will not face criminal charges.

Police Chief John Romero tells the Eagle-Tribune newspaper that investigators have been unable to find enough physical evidence of drugs or alcohol at the scene after viewing the video.

Mayor Michael Sullivan announced Monday that the two were fired, saying the tape provided ample evidence to support their dismissal.

Officials say a surveillance camera caught firefighter Isidro "Junior" Cordero and dispatcher Judy Brito taking drugs and drinking at the Lawrence Fire Department's communications center last week on the overnight shift.

Brito was fired immediately, but can appeal through her union. Cordero is protected by civil service laws and will have a hearing on Friday.
 

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fscpd907 @ Fri 26 Nov said:
Cordero is protected by civil service laws and will have a hearing on Friday.
Ya know what cracks me up is that if this idiot undergoes "treatment" he'll probably end up keeping his job whereas is he had a smoked a cigarette off duty he wouldn't even be entitled to a pre-termination hearing. Only in Massachusetts!
 

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There was a fire fighter in Newton that beat the living crap out of his girl friend, when the police showed up they arrested him and they ended up finding something like 25 bags of rock on him and he lived near a school. I wish they didn't keep stuff on the DL all the time and just put stuff like this on the news. There was another Fire Fighter that just got on like 2 months or so ago in Newton and he was at a golf tournament and got smashed and drove home. Well on his way home he got pulled over for DUI. What a dope.

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There was a fire fighter in Newton that beat the living crap out of his girl friend, when the police showed up they arrested him and they ended up finding something like 25 bags of rock on him and he lived near a school. I wish they didn't keep stuff on the DL all the time and just put stuff like this on the news. There was another Fire Fighter that just got on like 2 months or so ago in Newton and he was at a golf tournament and got smashed and drove home. Well on his way home he got pulled over for DUI. What a dope.

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HAHA
no one said they had to be smart to get a fire job... most of the time the application has "do you have the ability to sit in the station all day telling storys about the "good ol' days" for at least 8 hours a day?" CHECK: yes, no, maybe, unsure, no...

OOPS did i say that out loud... :wink:
 

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Do you know how to wash trucks? Yes
Do you know how to cook food? Yes
Do you know how to sleep? Yes

congratulations welcome to the fire department.
Here's your badge and your boots Have a good day. Go take a nap :p

This is just a joke I mean no harm and I am not putting down firefighters in anyway. My best friend is a firefighter and i just like bustin balls a lil bit.

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This guy is gone I heard.
Dont let the door hit ya on the way out!!!!! :evil:
 

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Firefighter faces abuse, drug charges
By Franci Richardson
Thursday, December 2, 2004

A seven-year veteran of the Newton Fire Department has been suspended from his job while he fights charges of bashing and dragging around his pregnant 19-year-old girlfriend and getting caught with cocaine, police and fire officials said.

Lamont Davis, 33, of Newton allegedly struck Melanie Siverhus in the head during a fight on Halloween.

``(Siverhus) stated Davis struck her in the head, then she struck him and then grabbed a knife from his apartment and went for a walk,'' reads a police report obtained by the Herald. The report also indicates he admitted the assault.

Siverhus also was arrested for pulling a knife on Davis.

Newton cops watched as Davis dropped a plastic bag on a sidewalk near his home, the police report states. A search of the area turned up 15 grams of cocaine.

The union posted Davis' $1,000 bail, and he bailed out his girlfriend.

Davis was suspended without pay from his $50,000-a-year job two weeks ago, after a civil service hearing.

``You're always disappointed when one of your firefighters gets himself in this kind of situation,'' Newton fire Chief Joseph LaCroix said. ``You hope for the best, but sometimes the best isn't there.''

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"The union posted Davis' $1,000 bail, and he bailed out his girlfriend." This is the best part in the article.

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Firefighter faces abuse, drug charges
By Franci Richardson
Thursday, December 2, 2004

A seven-year veteran of the Newton Fire Department has been suspended from his job while he fights charges of bashing and dragging around his pregnant 19-year-old girlfriend and getting caught with cocaine, police and fire officials said.

Lamont Davis, 33, of Newton allegedly struck Melanie Siverhus in the head during a fight on Halloween.

``(Siverhus) stated Davis struck her in the head, then she struck him and then grabbed a knife from his apartment and went for a walk,'' reads a police report obtained by the Herald. The report also indicates he admitted the assault.

Siverhus also was arrested for pulling a knife on Davis.

Newton cops watched as Davis dropped a plastic bag on a sidewalk near his home, the police report states. A search of the area turned up 15 grams of cocaine.

The union posted Davis' $1,000 bail, and he bailed out his girlfriend.

Davis was suspended without pay from his $50,000-a-year job two weeks ago, after a civil service hearing.

``You're always disappointed when one of your firefighters gets himself in this kind of situation,'' Newton fire Chief Joseph LaCroix said. ``You hope for the best, but sometimes the best isn't there.''

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"The union posted Davis' $1,000 bail, and he bailed out his girlfriend." This is the best part in the article.

Scott :pc:
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With the union posting his bail they are pretty much condoning his actions. I understand the union being behind there guys but this is way behind him. :hump:

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hey he paid his dues... they'll follow him straight down to hell till the devil takes the chain of custody...
yeaaaah the only good thing that fire does in my dept (we have one state of the art building for both of us so we have to look at them all day doing nothing) is sit around but it makes you feel better that they're there when/if you need them... even if the only time you need them is when they respond to mva's just to throw speedi-dry around and shoot the shit with the meathead who just crashed... funny guys tho most of the time... almost always good for a quick laugh... :wink:
 
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