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NC firefighters fired after stun gun incident


EAST SPENCER, NC (AP) -- A Rowan County fire department's chief and his assistant are out after investigators say they used a stun gun to repeatedly shock an 18-year-old junior firefighter at a Christmas party.

The Salisbury Post reports part-time Chief Shane Cranfield and East Spencer's assistant chief and volunteer firefighter Allen Carlyle were dismissed last week.

Sheriff's investigators say the two shocked the North Rowan High School student with a Taser last month and were charged with misdemeanor assault.

Investigators say the teen ran into another room to get away from the firefighters, who followed him and shocked him as many as nine times.

Investigators say the firefighters had borrowed the Taser from an on-duty police officer.

Town Administrator Macon Sammons's letter dismissing Cranfield said leaders must serve as role models and set standards. They need “the wisdom, the courage and the judgment” to guide others in the right direction, he said.

“Instead, as our fire chief, you were the ringleader of an incident which created community disdain toward the reputation of our fire department and a major source of embarrassment to the town,” Sammons wrote.

A similar letter to Carlyle is more frank.

“Your behavior in this incident was abusive and totally unacceptable,” Sammons wrote. “Further, we believe that you have become a negative influence within our fire department.”


Information from: Salisbury Post,

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