I am still shaking my head after reading this "so called" investigation and the conclusions Chief Huertas came to in handing out suspensions..
The investigation by Acting Assistant Chief Scott Brady should turn some heads as this proceeds most likely to the Labor Board and possibly Superior Court. I guess there is a reason we leave investigations to trained investigators who know what they are doing and actually know how to write a report.
By just about every account detailed, Lt. Michael Patterson was the aggressor. Even by his own admission , he started the incident, jumped out of his apparatus and approached Captain Dalton and used harsh words. Patterson also admits that two other firefighters had to "step in between us".
Another firefighter, Domingo Delgado details his observations claiming that Patterson "charged out of the Ladder 4 towards the Captain in an aggressive manner yelling obscenities" Delgado goes on to say "crew members from ladder 4 attempted to physically restrain Lt. Patterson, who broke from their grasp". FF Delgado claims he "ran up to Captain Dalton and asked "Please ignore him (Patterson) and walk away".
Patterson was clearly the aggressor, yet Huertas only gave him a 2 week suspension but chose to give Dalton 89 days off. The 89 days is important, because after 90 days, Dalton would lose his health benefit coverage..
Keep the checkbook open, I have a feeling we will be paying on this one