Battalion chief takes his own life 16 days after being fired over his role.
The apparent suicide of recently fired Monarch Fire District Battalion Chief Fred Goodson got me thinking about several things, including my career in the world of public safety. I spent 30 years being a cop. That included spending ten years doing fire and arson investigations off-duty mostly for insurance companies and teaching fire investigation to firefighters and police detectives. I also wrote articles for fire and police management magazines. This allowed me to travel all over the country and the world visiting police and fire stations. I got to know a lot of police officers and firefighters over the years. As a cop I loved what I did. You had the best seat for one of the greatest shows in the world. Perhaps the worst parts of the…
Firefighters named to the posts left by fired officers average more than 30 years experience.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Doug Miner
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Interim replacements have been named for the Monarch Fire Protection District senior officers who were removed following an employment discrimination lawsuit against the fire district. The suit was upheld earlier this month in a state appeals court. After that decision, the Monarch FPD board voted to release all involved. Assistant Chief Les Crews, Deputy Chief Cary Spiegel and battalion chiefs Fred Goodson and Mike Davis were the officers named and removed from their positions. A fifth officer was given the opportunity to stay, with a reduction in rank, and he accepted. The following was submitted to Patch from the Monarch Fire Protection District: Following is a list of the interim positions and the personnel assigned to fill them. Each …