Fire chief, two firefighters resign at Lake Township PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 20:43
File photo. Fire Chief Todd Walters (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY – Coming to the aid of a drunk police officer after his brother’s weekend wedding has led to three Lake Township Fire Department resignations, including the chief.
At a special meeting Thursday, the Lake Township Trustees accepted the resignations of Fire Chief Todd Walters and longtime firefighters Richard and Michelle Hallock, who are married.
In a press release, Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said the three attended Saturday’s wedding of Steve Sims, a member of the township fire department.
At the reception, they became concerned about the level of intoxication of his brother, Sgt. Scott Sims, a member of the Lake Township Police Department. The Sims brothers are the sons of Trustee Ron Sims, who recused himself from Thursday’s vote.
The Hallocks drove Scott Sims home, then decided to treat him. They obtained two bags of saline solution from Lake Township Fire Station 2 in Millbury and administered these to Sims at his home, the press release stated.
“The board is really saddened to take this action. These are good people and we thank them for their work in all the fires they fought and emergency runs they made,” Bowen stated. “We especially need to remember all they did for us when the tornado struck Lake Township. But, over the weekend a poor decision was made. As a result they each determined to resign for the good of the fire department and our township.”
Walters has been part-time chief since February 2009 and has been a firefighter for over 25 years.
“This is in violation of Lake Township regulations and standards of care. The fire chief was at the wedding reception and this happened on his watch,” Bowen stated.
Trustee Richard Welling also said he regretted the situation.
“No one set out to do wrong. They were going to a wedding reception. Things like this are hard because we all make bad decisions. You have to weigh out what they did in their careers against what happened. They did the right thing here in immediately accepting accountability under our high standards and as role models in the community,” Welling stated.
The trustees appointed Deputy Fire Chief Mike Hornyak as acting fire chief.
Police Chief Mark Hummer told the board Thursday that he is investigating whether Scott Sims violated department standards. He said could not comment further under the specific disciplinary rules in the police union contract.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 11:20

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