"I did not agree with the decision, but seeing as we were already out of our response area, did not have time to waste to run back to the soccer field from the parking lot to argue with the Lt.
about going on the call."
-- Email from North Port (Fla.) Fire Department's Timothy Kirsch
on fellow firefighter Frank Bellina
's decision to encourage Lt. Robert Combs
to stay at the youth soccer match he was coaching while an emergency call came in. Combs
resigned after he was found to have taken a ladder truck to the match, skipped the emergency call and pressured other firefighters to cover for him. Bellina was fired for aiding Combs in violating
department policy but is expected to appeal. (Herald Tribune