Firefighter faces drunken-driving charge - Sentinel & Enterprise

A Leominster firefighter is facing a drunken-driving charge after Lunenburg police say he nearly hit a police cruiser with his Dodge Ram then failed a sobriety test. Full Story
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Leominster, MA

#1 Jan 29, 2011
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Shocking

Gardner, MA

#2 Jan 29, 2011
I guess your luck finally ran out, Vin
Union

Holden, MA

#3 Jan 29, 2011
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.
An American

Gardner, MA

#4 Jan 29, 2011
Union wrote:
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested6for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.
It's significant because many people have a tendancy to "sanctify" both firefighters and police officers. Incidentally, this "sanctity" is promoted by their Unions in order to help with labor negotiations. You seem like an intelligent individual and I think you really knew the answer to your question.
ER Emp

Leominster, MA

#5 Jan 29, 2011
Union wrote:
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.
Agreed. What Vinnie did isn't cool and he'll have his day in court, but seriously-if he was anything else but a public servant, his name wouldn't even make the paper. His personal demons are his own, and shouldn't detract from the hard work he has put forth working for the LFD. There are plenty of people out there who's lives he has saved working on the Rescue for Leominster, and taxpayers should be thankful for that.
The Sheriff

Gardner, MA

#6 Jan 29, 2011
I just hope he doesn't drink when he's racing down the street in a big red truck.
Mike from Leominster

Leominster, MA

#7 Jan 29, 2011
Union wrote:
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.
A public servant who's job is to protect our safety? I think it's very relevant.
Compassion

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Jan 29, 2011
Addiction, particularly to alcohol, is rampant among public servants. Perhaps the public interest would best be served by ordering mandatory treatment with random urine testing, revocation of his firearms privileges, and an opportunity to continue working on probationary status. Give the man one opportunity to learn from this mistake.
judge and jury

Moonachie, NJ

#9 Jan 29, 2011
Union wrote:
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.
it's relevant because firefighters, like police officers, are suppose to be role models...like it or not it's part of the job. Glad this officer didn't let this guy hide behind his badge, whatver color it maybe red or blue. Wondering why the other charges were dropped? they sound serious, someone must of called in a favor on this one.
DHS

Leominster, MA

#10 Jan 29, 2011
I agree with what Compassion had to say. It's a very sad situation and all too common among police & firefighters.
concerned

Winchendon, MA

#11 Jan 29, 2011
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.

people feel that the personal lives of a public servant has to make the paper but if u are a computer programmer or daycare provider or even parents do not make the paper unless the paper feels that the news will sell the paper. Unfortunatley we all make mistakes all through life some get caught some dont alot of people have made the same mistake but dont make the paper just because u work as a firefighter or police officer doesnt mean your social life need to be a major story in the paper. Firefighters Police officers risk thier life on a daily basis to save people maybe even some of the people who left comments so if the bad news is thier what about the gd news with it regarding the fire that he ran into to save a life or the car accident he responds to and climbs into that vehicle and try to hold someones body parts together until they can be extricated. maybe he made a misatke here but when your house is on fire will you be so fixated on his personal life or will you hope that they can save you and your family. So yes firefighters and police officers are human so please when discussing peoples mistakes look at our own also we are all guilty of something at some point in our life you just got away with it or it didnt make headline news in closing sorry about spelling and be glad noone got hurt and let him have his peace and day in court we are all innocent until proven guilty thanks for your time
Union

Holden, MA

#12 Jan 30, 2011
Well said.
concerned wrote:
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.
people feel that the personal lives of a public servant has to make the paper but if u are a computer programmer or daycare provider or even parents do not make the paper unless the paper feels that the news will sell the paper. Unfortunatley we all make mistakes all through life some get caught some dont alot of people have made the same mistake but dont make the paper just because u work as a firefighter or police officer doesnt mean your social life need to be a major story in the paper. Firefighters Police officers risk thier life on a daily basis to save people maybe even some of the people who left comments so if the bad news is thier what about the gd news with it regarding the fire that he ran into to save a life or the car accident he responds to and climbs into that vehicle and try to hold someones body parts together until they can be extricated. maybe he made a misatke here but when your house is on fire will you be so fixated on his personal life or will you hope that they can save you and your family. So yes firefighters and police officers are human so please when discussing peoples mistakes look at our own also we are all guilty of something at some point in our life you just got away with it or it didnt make headline news in closing sorry about spelling and be glad noone got hurt and let him have his peace and day in court we are all innocent until proven guilty thanks for your time
What would Jesus do

Winchendon, MA

#13 Jan 30, 2011
Union wrote:
Well said.
<quoted text>
Yes, very well said. The only reason being a firefighter is relevant is because it's the Sentinel and Enterprise-the paper that LOVES to ruin people's lives. And firefighters are paid to to be role models? I thought they were paid to put out fires and save lives?

Put this thread to rest and leave the man alone. There but for the grace of GOD go I.
Mike from Leominster

Leominster, MA

#14 Jan 30, 2011
concerned wrote:
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.
people feel that the personal lives of a public servant has to make the paper but if u are a computer programmer or daycare provider or even parents do not make the paper unless the paper feels that the news will sell the paper. Unfortunatley we all make mistakes all through life some get caught some dont alot of people have made the same mistake but dont make the paper just because u work as a firefighter or police officer doesnt mean your social life need to be a major story in the paper. Firefighters Police officers risk thier life on a daily basis to save people maybe even some of the people who left comments so if the bad news is thier what about the gd news with it regarding the fire that he ran into to save a life or the car accident he responds to and climbs into that vehicle and try to hold someones body parts together until they can be extricated. maybe he made a misatke here but when your house is on fire will you be so fixated on his personal life or will you hope that they can save you and your family. So yes firefighters and police officers are human so please when discussing peoples mistakes look at our own also we are all guilty of something at some point in our life you just got away with it or it didnt make headline news in closing sorry about spelling and be glad noone got hurt and let him have his peace and day in court we are all innocent until proven guilty thanks for your time
Hogwash. If a day care provider was arrested it would be mentioned. If a parent were arrested while doing "parent" things (like kids in the car, etc.) it would be mentioned (you see stories like that all the time). Wal Mart employee or computer programmer? Not involved with public safety.

Next argument?
spanky

Shrewsbury, MA

#15 Jan 30, 2011
hi I am not a role model, I get paid to do a job like some of you out there. The role models should be the parents, or the ones making six figure incomes while working 9-5 jobs home on the week ends with the pool and the memberships to the country clubs.
ENUF

Leominster, MA

#16 Jan 30, 2011
First of all fellow bloggers, the ONLY reason this even made the paper is because he is a FIREFIGHTER. The media LOVES to BASH individuals who are in the field of public safety. Ask yourself this question..."was he on duty at the time of the arrest?" The answer is NO! Whatever Vinny wants to do on his OFF time is his decesion. Lets concentrate on REAL issues in this community and lay this to rest. He is still considered INNOCENT until he is proven guilty in court.
Did you read the article

Leominster, MA

#17 Jan 30, 2011
Mike from Leominster wrote:
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Wal Mart employee or computer programmer? Not involved with public safety.
Next argument?
Neither was he at the time. OFF DUTY, on his OWN TIME, in his PERSONAL vehicle.
Read the article before you spew from the mouth jack-a***!
Resident

Fitchburg, MA

#18 Jan 30, 2011
Union wrote:
Why is his profession significant? You never read "Walmart Employee Arrested for Drunk Driving" as a headline. Leave the guy alone and let the court system deal with him.
This POS firefighter should lose his job. He violated the trust that the citizens and town put in him. And how much of an a-hole do you have to be that a cop in the same town doesn't sweep this under the rug but rather arrests him? LOL, what a loser.
Yikes

Bolton, MA

#19 Jan 30, 2011
What's up with the pistol and brass knuckles? Aren't brass knuckles illegal?
AARP

Gardner, MA

#20 Jan 30, 2011
Yikes wrote:
What's up with the pistol and brass knuckles? Aren't brass knuckles illegal?
Brass knuckles are legal when they have sugically replaced your arthritic joints. Brass hips are covered by the same law.

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