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Ugly accusations snowball at East Lake Fire Rescue

One lieutenant has been demoted and another is under investigation amid accusations of racial text messages and harassment at the East Lake Fire District.

Firefighter Bill Figueredo unleashed a slew of allegations during an East Lake Fire Commission meeting last week, in an effort to fight the accusations that led to his demotion from lieutenant to driver, a pay drop of about $5,000.

In the tone of a man fighting for his job and reputation, Figueredo denied claims he directed a Nazi salute and ethnic slur at Mark Weinkrantz, who chairs the fire commission — the elected body that oversees the department. Another lieutenant, James Finley, also filed a complaint that he overheard Figueredo use a slur against Jewish people.

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But as a result of Figueredo's allegations, Finley now faces an investigation over racially charged text messages that came from his phone.

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