Suspended firefighters learn fate in Engine 32 vandalism case
MILWAUKEE -- Five Milwaukee firefighters accused of vandalizing a firehouse in September 2013 will not be fired, MFD announced Friday.
"This puts a bookend on an unsavory portion of our history, and we can move forward," explained Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski.
All five firefighters will face unpaid, 30-day suspensions and be forced to take remedial training. Two of the five will also be demoted.
Nine firefighters were suspended on September 30 after Engine House 32, in the 1500 block of N. 30th street, was found vandalized. It was the last shift before the firefighters were expected to be transferred to other firehouses in the city.
Since an internal investigation began in October, three firefighters have taken early retirement and two probationary firefighters were fired. Last month, a panel recommended the remaining five firefighters be fired, with the option to appeal to Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing. They have been on paid suspension for months.
A complaint filed by Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing on Thursday stated two of the firefighters, Robert J. Rutley and David R. Krebsbach, violated department rules. Rutley admitted to placing pornography in the engine house and Krebsbach admitted to placing inappropriate materials identified as "SCAB signage."