Firefighter pleads innocent in fatal ...

Firefighter pleads innocent in fatal crash

There are 19 comments on the The Southtown Star story from Apr 12, 2013, titled Firefighter pleads innocent in fatal crash. In it, The Southtown Star reports that:

An Orland Fire Protection District and Crestwood firefighter has pleaded innocent to felony reckless homicide charges stemming from a March 1 crash that killed a 25-year-old woman.

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ha

Midlothian, IL

#1 Apr 13, 2013
BS
concerned taxpayer

Mokena, IL

#2 Apr 14, 2013
Nobody wants to go to prison right away. Play the system.....everybody does!!!
Get Real

Oak Forest, IL

#3 Apr 16, 2013
Why is it BS? and Why is he playing the system? He is innocent until PROVEN guilty... Do either of you know ALL the facts in this case?
concerned taxpayer

Mokena, IL

#4 Apr 16, 2013
Get Real wrote:
Why is it BS? and Why is he playing the system? He is innocent until PROVEN guilty... Do either of you know ALL the facts in this case?
Me get real, get real!!
concerned taxpayer

Chicago, IL

#5 Apr 17, 2013
Get Real wrote:
Why is it BS? and Why is he playing the system? He is innocent until PROVEN guilty... Do either of you know ALL the facts in this case?
Should read.....hey get real, get real!!!
what

United States

#6 Apr 27, 2013
Chief: Orland Firefighter Accused in Fatal Crash ‘Violated Our Code of Conduct’
The Orland Fire Protection District formally charged Lt. Pat Bruce with discipline measures, following allegations that he caused a woman’s death in a vehicle accident and other charges.
By Ben Feldheim | April 24, 2013
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Pat Bruce is now facing discipline from the Orland Fire Protection District related to a car accident that caused a Downers Grove woman’s death in March.

The 45-year-old Orland Fire lieutenant was formally served with discipline charges on Sunday, according to Orland Fire Chief Ken Brucki.

“There were 10 felony charges filed by the state’s attorney, and given their nature, we figured out Lieutenant Bruce violated our code of conduct for on and off-duty,” Brucki said.“The fact that he had cannabis and Tramadol, which the state’s attorney considers a narcotic, in his system at the time of the accident, both of those violate our drug and alcohol policy, as well as our code of conduct. We have a zero tolerance policy. We do not tolerate that on or off duty for our personnel.”

Bruce was off-duty and driving eastbound on 167th Street, near Oak Forest, around 1:40 p.m. March 1 when his black Lincoln Navigator hit Anasis Knox's Oldsmobile. Knox, 25, of Downers Grove, was hospitalized and died later that day. A person in a third vehicle in the accident sustained a permanent back injury, according to Brucki. Prosecutors said in a subsequent court hearing that Bruce was driving 25 mph over the posted limit, and was weaving in and out of his lane.

Bruce has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide, driving under the influence of prescription drugs and other charges. He is scheduled to be back in criminal court on May 17.

“I think you can go with violating the public trust, violating oath of office as a firefighter, violating oath of office as an officer and lieutenant,” Brucki said, describing the discipline claims.“There is also the reckless nature in which he was driving a vehicle that not only resulted in a fatality but also a permanent disability.”

Bruce has about a week left to decide the next step for the discipline proceedings.

“He has 10 days under a union contract to either say he wants to go to arbitration, or have the board of fire commissioners hear the case, or he could also resign,” said James Roche, attorney for the Orland Fire Protection District.

Orland Firefighters Local 2754 will convene a peer review council that will decide whether the district had suitable reason, based on contract terms, to discipline Bruce. If the council decides the district had suitable reason, the district’s board of commissioners will convene to decide the discipline outcome, including termination as a possibility, Brucki said.

Bruce is on paid administrative leave, though if the discipline process goes to the commissioners, he will then be on leave without pay, according to Brucki.

Local 2754 President Wally Rafacz said the union is not defending Bruce in criminal court.

“The union’s involvement is to protect the rights detailed in the contract, and make sure (Bruce’s) rights are being followed,” Rafacz said.
wow

Midlothian, IL

#7 Apr 27, 2013
what wrote:
Chief: Orland Firefighter Accused in Fatal Crash ‘Violated Our Code of Conduct’
The Orland Fire Protection District formally charged Lt. Pat Bruce with discipline measures, following allegations that he caused a woman’s death in a vehicle accident and other charges.
By Ben Feldheim | April 24, 2013
ADVERTISEMENT

Pat Bruce is now facing discipline from the Orland Fire Protection District related to a car accident that caused a Downers Grove woman’s death in March.

The 45-year-old Orland Fire lieutenant was formally served with discipline charges on Sunday, according to Orland Fire Chief Ken Brucki.

“There were 10 felony charges filed by the state’s attorney, and given their nature, we figured out Lieutenant Bruce violated our code of conduct for on and off-duty,” Brucki said.“The fact that he had cannabis and Tramadol, which the state’s attorney considers a narcotic, in his system at the time of the accident, both of those violate our drug and alcohol policy, as well as our code of conduct. We have a zero tolerance policy. We do not tolerate that on or off duty for our personnel.”

Bruce was off-duty and driving eastbound on 167th Street, near Oak Forest, around 1:40 p.m. March 1 when his black Lincoln Navigator hit Anasis Knox's Oldsmobile. Knox, 25, of Downers Grove, was hospitalized and died later that day. A person in a third vehicle in the accident sustained a permanent back injury, according to Brucki. Prosecutors said in a subsequent court hearing that Bruce was driving 25 mph over the posted limit, and was weaving in and out of his lane.

Bruce has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide, driving under the influence of prescription drugs and other charges. He is scheduled to be back in criminal court on May 17.

“I think you can go with violating the public trust, violating oath of office as a firefighter, violating oath of office as an officer and lieutenant,” Brucki said, describing the discipline claims.“There is also the reckless nature in which he was driving a vehicle that not only resulted in a fatality but also a permanent disability.”

Bruce has about a week left to decide the next step for the discipline proceedings.

“He has 10 days under a union contract to either say he wants to go to arbitration, or have the board of fire commissioners hear the case, or he could also resign,” said James Roche, attorney for the Orland Fire Protection District.

Orland Firefighters Local 2754 will convene a peer review council that will decide whether the district had suitable reason, based on contract terms, to discipline Bruce. If the council decides the district had suitable reason, the district’s board of commissioners will convene to decide the discipline outcome, including termination as a possibility, Brucki said.

Bruce is on paid administrative leave, though if the discipline process goes to the commissioners, he will then be on leave without pay, according to Brucki.

Local 2754 President Wally Rafacz said the union is not defending Bruce in criminal court.

“The union’s involvement is to protect the rights detailed in the contract, and make sure (Bruce’s) rights are being followed,” Rafacz said.
Wtf???
2ndAmendmentSave sLives

Chicago, IL

#8 Apr 28, 2013
NO pity for public servents they they need to be treated like everyone else, I have much sorrow for the families grieving their losses though.
concerned taxpayer

Mokena, IL

#9 Apr 28, 2013
2ndAmendmentSavesLives wrote:
NO pity for public servents they they need to be treated like everyone else, I have much sorrow for the families grieving their losses though.
Treated like everyone else???? They are a lot of times treated harder than your average POS!!!!!
2ndAmendmentSave sLives

Chicago, IL

#10 Apr 28, 2013
concerned taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
Treated like everyone else???? They are a lot of times treated harder than your average POS!!!!!
Really like when they are put on paid administrative leave, LOL.
gd stupid

United States

#11 Apr 28, 2013
How can he be not guilty? He needs to fry, he knew he shouldn't be driving taking that crap. Just kill it! Probably a stupid lybturd anyways
concerned taxpayer

Mokena, IL

#12 Apr 28, 2013
2ndAmendmentSavesLives wrote:
<quoted text>Really like when they are put on paid administrative leave, LOL.
Didn't say all
concerned taxpayer

Mokena, IL

#13 Apr 28, 2013
2ndAmendmentSavesLives wrote:
<quoted text>Really like when they are put on paid administrative leave, LOL.
This is how it works. If you are political, than you get enormous paid leave and so forth. If you are a nobody, you get treated like anybody else.
CensorshipOnTopi c

Forest Park, IL

#14 Apr 29, 2013
concerned taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
This is how it works. If you are political, than you get enormous paid leave and so forth. If you are a nobody, you get treated like anybody else.
OK so you agree public servants should be treated the same, also the nobody's you refer to pay for the political so they should be held accountable much in the same way.
citizen Joe

Palos Park, IL

#17 Jun 11, 2013
I dont care who you are or what you do for a living. We are all human beings and all quite capable of making mistakes in life. Not one of us are perfect!
The difference for some of us is whether or not we've been caught.

Being someone with a title is only something that draws more attention to yourself. Which in many instances brings more trouble then what anyone else would have. Everyone deserves to be innocent until proven guilty. He hasnt done this 5 or 6 times... he deserves a chance a redemption as well if found innocent. Its a tragedty that someone lost their life because of this. Thoughts and prayers are with the family...both families!
innocent

Chicago, IL

#18 Oct 31, 2015
2ndAmendmentSavesLives wrote:
NO pity for public servents they they need to be treated like everyone else, I have much sorrow for the families grieving their losses though.
So your telling me if someone close to you almost died in a fire or a car accdient and this fireman saved your life you would have absolutely no pity?! Get your priorities straight. This man saved so many lives and is a good person. And last time I check in this country you are innocent until proven guilty and this man still to this day has not been proven guilty. Learn how to spell too, he is a social servAnt.
Fred

Chicago, IL

#19 Nov 1, 2015
innocent wrote:
<quoted text>
So your telling me if someone close to you almost died in a fire or a car accdient and this fireman saved your life you would have absolutely no pity?! Get your priorities straight. This man saved so many lives and is a good person. And last time I check in this country you are innocent until proven guilty and this man still to this day has not been proven guilty. Learn how to spell too, he is a social servAnt.
He is a public servant. You are both idiots.
Guilty

Chicago, IL

#20 Nov 26, 2015
He got 3 years.
Daisy Clover

Metairie, LA

#21 Nov 29, 2015
3 whole years. WoW!

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