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1 firefighter fired, 5 disciplined over prank


MACON, GA. — The Macon-Bibb County fire chief says one firefighter will lose his job for his role in a firehouse prank video that showed a masked man threatening firefighters.

Chief Marvin Riggins says one sergeant will be demoted to private and four firefighters will be suspended for 10 days without pay.

The Telegraph reports that Riggins said five of the seven firefighters pictured were in on the prank, and two rookies were not.

The video, titled “Rookie prank,” shows a masked man bursting into a fire station and threatening firefighters.

It was posted Sunday on YouTube.

The video shows firefighters face-down on the ground as a man with a yellow bandana over his face waves a gun.

At one point, the gunman leads a firefighter away and a gunshot is heard.

Firm to pay $1 million for pollution, fish kill

ATLANTA — A textile firm must spend $1 million on improvement projects in the Ogeechee River watershed to settle pollution violations that were discovered as officials investigated the sudden deaths of nearly 39,000 fish.

King America Finishing Inc. agreed to the deal Wednesday as part of an agreement with environmental officials over a May 20 fish kill downstream from the plant.

The agreement says the exact cause of the fish kill in Screven County may never be known. Testing shows the fish died of a bacterial infection.

Officials say several factors, including low river flows, warm temperatures and chemical pollution, may have weakened the fish.

State officials say the company ceased operations after inspectors identified chemical discharges into the river.

– From wire reports



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