Just over two weeks ago, we reported on the firing of Hillary R. Sanford whom many referred to as “The face of the Brooksville Fire Department.” The firing was controversial and many in the community spoke out in support of Sanford hoping that she would win her appeal to get her job back.
Friday, Sanford learned that the appeal and review by City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha was denied. Sanford will not be getting her job back any time soon. While there are legal procedures she can still pursue, those will take time.
Hot on the heels of the news about Sanford, we learned that three more firefighters have been singled out by the new Fire Chief, David Freda.
According to a City Official who wished to remain anonymous, Chief Freda and Brooksville Police Detective Lieutenant Messer called each firefighter into an office and pressured them to sign a non-disclosure statement (gag order) concerning an investigation into wrongdoing by the firefighters. All three signed the statement.
We aren’t sure what the investigation entails as of this writing and we haven’t been able to confirm the firefighter’s identities yet. But, word of the investigation is spreading like wildfire through the community.
Should these firefighters lose their jobs also, Freda will have fired nearly 24% of his work force over the course of a few months.
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