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article imageFire Crew Use Hydrant to fill Private Pool

By wiccania     Jun 20, 2007 in Crime
A trio of Kansas firefighters are under investigation for using a hydrant to fill the pool at a private residence. The group was caught on Father's Day by officers looking for drug activity.
Who knows what the firefighters motivation was for helping the resident attempt to fill his swimming pool from a hydrant. What is clear is that the firefighters will face disciplinary action ranging from suspension to termination. The three firefighters are being allowed to work while the investigation is being conducted. This clearly isn't a "rookie mistake" as the leader of the trio is a 20 year veteran. He was also serving as an acting Captain.
"The findings of the investigation will also have a bearing on whether criminal charges are considered and filed," Taylor [spokesman for Wyandotte County's Unified Government] said.
The resident whose pool was being filled will be receiving a bill as soon as the Board of Public Utilities has an estimate of how much water was taken.
Personally, I hope the estimate is a little high. Growing up we hear all of these stories about why you shouldn't tamper with hydrants, and why it's not a good idea to use them as "cooling devices" in the summer. This guy must have missed the lesson. Poetic justice would be the guys house catching fire and the hydrant being drained (since that's the story we always got as kids).
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