Firefighters’ Misconduct Still Under Investigation
SALISBURY, N.C. —
City leaders in Salisbury are investigating possible misconduct by members of the fire department.
The city's human resources director said he started investigating earlier this month when the fire chief came to him with concerns.
Zach Kyle did not comment on the nature of the concerns, but did confirm that Captain Baxter "Buddy" Miller is no longer employed with the department.
He would not say if he was fired or resigned.
Kyle also said Courtney Brown no longer works there, and Castleman "Chet" Hedrick has been suspended without pay for misconduct.
Kyle said he cannot give specifics because of the ongoing investigation.
"People do have an opportunity to clear their name when involved in a situation," he said.
The Salisbury Post reported Brown's mother said her daughter quit last week, and that she was sexually harassed by firefighters for two years. She also said Courtney plans to sue the city in connection with this investigation.
An Eyewitness News crew stopped by the address listed for Courtney Brown but no one answered the door. No one was home at Hedrick's home either. When our crew called Miller, a woman who answered the phone said he had no comment.
The fire chief referred all questions to the Salisbury Human Resources Department.
Kyle said it is unclear how long the investigation will take and if there will be more personnel changes at the department coming.