Allegan fire official accused of embe...

Allegan fire official accused of embezzling from business

There are 34 comments on the Kalamazoo Gazette story from Sep 14, 2006, titled Allegan fire official accused of embezzling from business. In it, Kalamazoo Gazette reports that:

The deputy chief of the Allegan Fire District was arrested this week on charges that he embezzled money from a business he was a partner in, authorities said.

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Tony Garofalo

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Sep 15, 2006
Deputy Fire Chief Day was hand picked by the current chief. Is there a problem within the Allegan Fire Dept.?
Flashover

Holt, MI

#2 Jun 22, 2007
It goes to show you the "good ol boy" network is still within the fire dept. They should of hired someone that is a certified fire inspector so we could have gotten our $$ worth and inturn gain a valuable resource!
Shaun Luyk

Beaverton, MI

#3 Jun 27, 2007
Tony Garofalo wrote:
Deputy Fire Chief Day was hand picked by the current chief. Is there a problem within the Allegan Fire Dept.?
Tony, as usuall...your wrong! This position was filled by the board and not the chief! The only problems we have on the fire department are outside politicians making inacurate assumptions! Thanks.
Flashoff

Otsego, MI

#4 Nov 13, 2007
Shaun your wrong and Tony is right you where hand picked by the chief and you have NO Fire command ay all once again the good old cook-hoyer running Allegan as normal
Shaun

Beaverton, MI

#5 Nov 26, 2007
Well "Flashoff" it's unfortunate that you don't have the gut's to leave your name but let's address a few things. First off I see your from Otsego. If you are originally from there then you have no business judging me or our department at all. Now if you were formally from Allegan and on our department as I believe you are, then I will say that a lot has changed since you were here. You have no right to judge or criticize me or my Department. You don't know who has what experience or what knowledge. Why don't you just worry about your city and let us take care of ours. Shaun
An up to date citizen

East Syracuse, NY

#6 Dec 4, 2007
First of all....I'm confused Shaun, it says that you are from Rothbury, Michigan not Allegan, Michigan. 2nd of all yes you were hand picked by the current chief as you stabbed your friends in the back on the way up not looking back. Lastly Flashoff is right, you have no command experience and by the way shouldn't you be doing something better with your time like pre-plans,or inspections....oh that's right your department doesn't have a certified inspector.
felbel

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Dec 5, 2007
Oh Shaun..

You are blinded by ambition. Someday the 'Good Ole Boys' won't need you or will need to do away with you. Only then will you be in the know.
Good Luck until then.. you are a good guy and don't deserve ( or maybe you do?) what you will eventually end up with.
An up to date citizen

East Syracuse, NY

#8 Dec 5, 2007
In the know......You are so so right.
tiff

Colorado Springs, CO

#9 Dec 5, 2007
this is tiffany day hes my fauther i havent seen my dad in 6 years hes been throught alot hes anamzing guy i love my dad more that anything ya wat he did was wroung but u think he dosent know that think of his family im his only daughter and havent seen him in 6 years look at the family life and wats going befor u judge
felbel

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Dec 6, 2007
tiff..

We're not judging.. none of us live in glass houses. We're stating facts and/or opinions about the fire dept. and unfortunately your father was mixed into that chaos. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Shaun

Beaverton, MI

#11 Dec 6, 2007
Well I am not going to get in an "online argument" with any of you, but I think it's unfortunate that none of you other then Tiff have the integrity to leave your real names but none the less it's not to hard to figure out who most of you are. To address the stabbing my friends in the back, the prior Deputy Fire Chief made some unfortunate decisions and bad mistakes that led to my current position being available. Had he not done the tings he plead guilty to the Deputy Chief position I currently hold would have not been available to me. So there was no back stabbing...but yes I did benefit from his bad decisions as anyone else in my same position would have.
In the know, I appreciate your concern, but your stating way more opinions then you are facts. You will see in the end that there is no conspiracy. Just good, honest people trying to do what's right and what's best for our community.
felbel

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 Dec 6, 2007
Shaun,
My opinions are based on facts, but not the place or time. Just watch your back and stay honest.

As for naming myself.. no thanks I'll stay anonymous and out of the 'Good Ole Boys' line of fire.
Shaun

Beaverton, MI

#13 Dec 6, 2007
In the know...I truly do appreciate you interest and concern and I will just continue to do my job the the best of my ability and try to keep this city safe as long as I'm able to. If you are ever interested in getting true information, feel free to email me at shluyk@yahoo.com and we can discuss it out of this forum. Thanks
Bud

East Syracuse, NY

#14 Dec 6, 2007
Shaun,
Please tell me you dont trust your current chief he has turned on everyone to get to the top.Like Kevin Blanchard,Joel Merchant,Ron Scheffer,And many other command officer from Allegan City And Allegan Township fire From day One
Bud

East Syracuse, NY

#15 Dec 6, 2007
Why dont you want to talk on the forum.So people can catch you in a lie
Shaun

Beaverton, MI

#16 Dec 7, 2007
Well Bud, I'm not sure what lie you think your going to catch me in, but it's pretty cut and dry. I have tried to do my best since the day I got hired. In July of this year a Deputy Chief position was posted. Two people applied for it and after reviewing training and experience I was selected by the BOARD. Not one person, but five. I did not create the opening, but I was fortunate enough to have been chosen for it. It's to bad that people have to read more into things, especially when their not here to see what's going on. It's easy to judge when your on the outside looking in. Again, I'm not going to degrade my integrity by bashing or bad mouthing anyone. I am simply enjoying my new job and feel very fortunate that I have this opportunity to serve my community in this capacity. I'm sorry if you can't except that, but I can't control what any of you spend your free time thinking about. Shaun
felbel

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Dec 7, 2007
Bud wrote:
Shaun,
Kevin Blanchard,Joel Merchant,Ron Scheffer
Who are all good guys like you Shaun.
Shaun

Beaverton, MI

#18 Dec 7, 2007
In the know, I'm not sure what your your last comment is supposed to mean? Can you help me out?
felbel

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Dec 7, 2007
Shaun,

I think you're taking this too personal. Our beef is with the head of operations.. not you. You are a player in the game - he's game. There's not one decision that isn't calculated.
Who do you think the BOARD is influenced by??
tiff

Colorado Springs, CO

#20 Dec 8, 2007
ok sry guys but im 15 and i fill u guys are just starting drama u can tell me if im wroung but i fill everyone is blaming or saying someone elnse did something 2 get out of it my dad knew wat he did was wroung and he took his punishment like the guy ahead of me sayed the board is there for a reason. and on top of it yall ahould know that tyos missing right how do think this is important right now think wat ppl are going therew with tyo think botu that

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