On January 22, 2014 I wrote about a Fire Lieutenant from the Hartford Fire Department assigned to Engine 14 on Blue Hills Avenue. The allegations regarded the on duty behavior of the Fire Lieutenant who was assigned to Engine 14 on Blue Hills Avenue. Allegations of drug use and alcohol use , on duty, to the point the lieutenant was impaired came from several sources. You can read that posting here.
Rather than deal with the issue, Hartford Fire Administration merely moved the Lieutenant to Engine Company 2 on Main Street.
Now according to sources, the Lieutenant went into a local bodega this week, in uniform insisting that the bodega owner give him beer since he apparently had no money on him. When the bodega owner refused, the LT. took the beer and exited from the store, essentially stealing the beer. It was all caught on video.
Now, according to sources, the Hartford Fire Department has again been forced to deal with the issue. This time, rather than a transfer, he was put on vacation. This guy clearly has a problem and is a danger to the men and women of the Hartford Fire Department as well as the residents of Hartford. If he is impaired at work he is most likely also driving home at the end of his shift intoxicated.
When will someone step up and do what needs to be done. Either have him get help or terminate him before someone is seriously injured or dies as a result.
More to come on this
UPDATE 4/24/14 7:00pm- Apparently Caldwell was an "Acting" Lieutenant at the time of the alleged drunken incidents at Engine 14. I am told he longer has the title of Acting LT. He never obtained his rank officially, similar to the boyfriend , fiancee , significant other who has been very successful moving up through the ranks without obtaining his positions officially through testing and legitimate processes.
Also , the incident took place on March 31, 2014. No police action has been taken as of this time , I have asked for an explanation as to why.