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Three Ohio firefighters fired after hazing, kicking part-timer repeatedly in the groin

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Source: Orange Township Govt. Facebook

Joseph Wilkinson
New York Daily News

No one was fighting their firing.

Three Ohio firefighters, including two supervisors, were fired Monday for hazing and bullying a part-time firefighter, WSYX News in Columbus, Ohio, reported.

The Orange Township Board of Trustees voted 2-0 — with one member not voting — to fire Capt. John Hodges, Lt. David Martin and firefighter Brad Belville for their role in turning the firehouse into a frat house, according to WSYX. The firings were recommended after an investigation into Station 361, where a culture of harassment, hazing and bullying was pervasive and led a part-time firefighter to request a transfer.

Marcus Musser told investigators that he was frequently hit in the groin area, called names and obscenities and forced to wear a garbage can around his shoulders, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Others at the station backed Musser’s accounts of the hazing.



Martin admitted that hazing was prevalent at the station, according to the Dispatch. Martin told investigators that the hazing was station-wide, not solely directed at Musser, but “if anyone messed up.”

Three other firefighters were punished but not fired.

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