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East Lake Fire Rescue barrels toward arbitration

East Lake Fire Rescue may be barreling toward costly arbitration as the department seeks to sort out the firestorm of racial accusations that led to the demotion of one of its lieutenants.

East Lake fire commissioners — elected officials who oversee the department — seemed poised Monday to reinstate firefighter Bill Figueredo, whom they demoted from lieutenant to driver after he was accused of making a Nazi salute.

But commissioners abruptly adjourned Monday's meeting without resolution after Figueredo gave an impassioned speech about how the allegation had hurt him and his family.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:48pm]


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