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.
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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