Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 --- 7:57 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Fire Department has fired two of the nine firefighters who were suspended for allegedly damaging the inside of a fire station.
But Assistant Chief Gerard Washington tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1gxHTd2 ) the terminations had "nothing to do with the incident per se," although he says the two were working that day. He says that since they were probationary employees, the fire chief had the authority to dismiss them without cause.
The nine firefighters were suspended Sept. 30 after Engine House 32 was vandalized. It was the last shift before many of the firefighters were dueto be transferred to other fire houses. The other seven remain on paid suspensions.
Washington says official internal hearings into the vandalism began Wednesday.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press