Garfield fire chief arrested on DWI

Garfield fire chief arrested on DWI

There are 11 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from May 4, 2011, titled Garfield fire chief arrested on DWI. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

A Dona Ana County fire chief charged with aggravated drunken driving allegedly had a nearly empty bottle of whiskey in the government truck he was driving last week, according to authorities.

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Wow

Albuquerque, NM

#1 May 4, 2011
They gave him the government vehicle back the following day? Good Lord. They are taking PERSONAL vehicles away here in Las Cruces if you don't pay a camera ticket but in this case, a government vehicle paid by your tax dollars, driven by a drunk-on-his-ass moron, is given a pat on the hand along with the keys the next day, when he could have easily killed someone on the road?
Jess W

United States

#2 May 4, 2011
It's a personnel issue. We will deal with it. And had he killed someone in the County vehicle; it is a personnel issue. No comment. Let's move on. Bin Laden is dead.
Your kidding right

Albuquerque, NM

#3 May 4, 2011
Chances are this man has been doing this for a long time and finally got caught. Thank God no one was killed
joe

United States

#4 May 6, 2011
All of u if u dnt got you facts straight shouldn't comment. Everyone does mistakes once in a while l. Stop and think about it come down to hatch garfield rincon see how many lifes he saved how many people he helped out of so many how many stories were published NONE all u people including the editor need to stop and look at alk the good he's done instead of makeing a big deal over a mistake he did
letty c

United States

#5 May 6, 2011
Ok people you all should look at the good side of him you all sit there n judge him for
One mistake he did I am sure you all have made mistakes as well cause no one is perfect so before you walk in to his life and judge him take a closer look at lifes!! To the editor you should have been around when this man saved a life its unfortunate that the las crueces sun news is only there to publish the bad things !!!
cycle

United States

#6 May 9, 2011
Nice to see his family and friends sticking up for him, but might want to help him with his apparent alcoholism. Lord Calvert whiskey is a definite red flag. So he saved one life and now you think that gives him the right to violate more than a few laws? How many times has he used the county (taxpayer-provided) vehicle for personal use? I'm betting more than this one time. While he was apparently drunk (.18 is HIGH) he was able to tell the truth, but once he was sober (assuming he was) he pleads not guilty. By reading over your post and the one below, i'd say it appears as though you may have issues with alcohol as well.

If he had hit someone and killed or injured them, would it be a big deal to you then?

Amazing how quick people are to defend someones actions until it affects them directly then they're crying that LEO's didn't do enough.
joe wrote:
All of u if u dnt got you facts straight shouldn't comment. Everyone does mistakes once in a while l. Stop and think about it come down to hatch garfield rincon see how many lifes he saved how many people he helped out of so many how many stories were published NONE all u people including the editor need to stop and look at alk the good he's done instead of makeing a big deal over a mistake he did
mmm

United States

#7 May 9, 2011
this is a volunteer fire department. If they don't let him continue his service then who is going to step up and volunteer. He has been doing a great job for many years
disturbing

Payson, AZ

#8 May 9, 2011
If they allow him to continue on as the fire chief, volunteer or paid, without disciplining him for fraud and driving while intoxicated he will continue on his downward path. Would you prefer he kill himself or others next time? I work hard for the little amount of money I receive and I don't take advantage of the system. This guy has been robbing taxpayers for years. How many times has he responded to a call intoxicated? I'm sure there is an Assistant Chief that can step up and do a better job, sober. Why was he in a taxpayer-provided truck in Ruidoso if he lives in Garfield? Wonder how many times investigators can locate this same truck in the parking lot of the casino using the surveillance cameras?
mmm wrote:
this is a volunteer fire department. If they don't let him continue his service then who is going to step up and volunteer. He has been doing a great job for many years
Vollie FF

Albuquerque, NM

#9 May 11, 2011
mmm wrote:
this is a volunteer fire department. If they don't let him continue his service then who is going to step up and volunteer. He has been doing a great job for many years
Whether volunteer or paid, it is about profesionalism and accountability. Yes, his service is commendable but his actions dishonor the job and those who serve. Can he be forgiven? Yes, Would the public and his peers trust him, who knows. The point is service to the community and country is not a pass for poor judgement and breaking the law. I hope this chief gets the help he needs and deserves for his years of service.
joe

United States

#10 May 16, 2011
cycle wrote:
Nice to see his family and friends sticking up for him, but might want to help him with his apparent alcoholism. Lord Calvert whiskey is a definite red flag. So he saved one life and now you think that gives him the right to violate more than a few laws? How many times has he used the county (taxpayer-provided) vehicle for personal use? I'm betting more than this one time. While he was apparently drunk (.18 is HIGH) he was able to tell the truth, but once he was sober (assuming he was) he pleads not guilty. By reading over your post and the one below, i'd say it appears as though you may have issues with alcohol as well. Lets get to reality here no he didn't kill no one
If he had hit someone and killed or injured them, would it be a big deal to you then?
Amazing how quick people are to defend someones actions until it affects them directly then they're crying that LEO's didn't do eno

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how about u come down to hatch and ask me if I have a alcohol problem since this side of dona ana r a bunch of alcoholics dnt come over something might happen n u dnt want a bunch of drunks helping u lol people like u and ur stupid comments r the ones that start all the gossip with ue lies calling me a alcoholic!!n the truth of the matter is no one got hurt or killed did they and if he would of it woyld of been the same situation people talkin crap about him just like u r . Its sad how al ll u people talk and dnt no half of his life how bout u put on his boots for at least one day bet u wont last one day in them
joe

United States

#11 May 16, 2011
cycle wrote:
Nice to see his family and friends sticking up for him, but might want to help him with his apparent alcoholism. Lord Calvert whiskey is a definite red flag. So he saved one life and now you think that gives him the right to violate more than a few laws? How many times has he used the county (taxpayer-provided) vehicle for personal use? I'm betting more than this one time. While he was apparently drunk (.18 is HIGH) he was able to tell the truth, but once he was sober (assuming he was) he pleads not guilty. By reading over your post and the one below, i'd say it appears as though you may have issues with alcohol as well.
If he had hit someone and killed or injured them, would it be a big deal to you then?
Amazing how quick people are to defend someones actions until it affects them directly then they're crying that LEO's didn't do enough.

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yesas a friend of this man I would stand up for him cause he is a outstandin man n he has saved plenty of lives NOT JUST ONE n well n i think every1 in this world makes mistakes cause no one is perfect that includes you!!if you wanna sit there n judge him I suggest u find out the facts n not just go based on WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT Mr Duran! And in this case no one was killed or hurt so move!! N I think the one with the real problem is you cause your sitting there criticizing people you dnt so maybe your the real alcoholic in this story! Once again HENRY DURAN IS AN OUTSTANDING MAN N A GREAT CHIEF!! His mistake dnt chage how highly I think of him!!

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