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Full Coverage: KY Firefighter Dennis Walling Jailed in Ecuador after Potential Job Interview Scam. Caught with 3 Kilos of Cocaine at Airport.

Dennis Lee “Pepper” Walling is a firefighter with the Morehead VFD (KY) and been involved with the Montgomery County FD and Rowan County EMS as well. He is a well traveled firefighter as well. He worked as a firefighter in Iraq around 2008. I am actually friends with him on Facebook, but I am not sure we have ever met in person.

wallingBasically, Dennis Walling was arrested at the airport for having 3 kilos of cocaine in his possession. He was in Ecuador for a job interview with AirServ. It was apparently a scam. He is still in prison, and will be until May 21st when he will be before a judge for his crime. From there, if convicted, he could serve years in prison.

Firefighters Worldwide has the story here

More coverage here from (video)

Friends and fellow firefighters have come out saying there is NO possibility that Dennis intentionally tried to traffic the drugs. He was supposed to be in Ecuador for 2 weeks and then they were going to send him to the UK (according to his FB page).

Yes, this story is hard to believe. However, it is harder to believe that this guy was in on the drug trafficking. Read on.

If you want to help, share this story and keep reading below! (By Shayla Menville – Staff Writer):

What began as a promising job interview has turned into a living nightmare for Sarah Walling and her husband, Dennis “Pepper” Walling.

    Sarah says Dennis had found an opening for a security position with AirServ International RAM. The company allegedly offered to fly Dennis to Ecuador to interview for the position.

    “He was only supposed to be gone from April 1 until April 8,” said Sarah. “I told him I didn’t have a good feeling about it before he got on the airplane.”

    On April 21, Dennis was scheduled to fly back to the U.S. when drug dogs targeted his suitcase at the airport and he was arrested. 

Dennis in Iraq working as a firefighter in 2008?

Dennis in Iraq working as a firefighter in 2008? (By Shayla Menville – Staff Writer):

    The Morehead News contacted the U. S. State Department about the Walling case and received this statement from an official source:

    “The Department of State is aware of the arrest of U.S. citizen Dennis Walling on April 20 in Quito, Ecuador. The U.S. Embassy in Quito is providing consular assistance to Mr. Walling and has urged Ecuadorean officials to provide appropriate medical care as long as he is in their custody.” (read more)

Below is the original post from The Fire Critic Facebook Page

Pictures from his trip to Ecuador where he was on a supposed job interview.

Pictures from his trip to Ecuador where he was on a supposed job interview.

Rescue Dennis Lee Walling

Friends and family have created a Facebook page titled “Rescue Dennis Lee Walling”. Check out the page to stay up-to-date on what is going on.

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Below are three videos from his trip to Ecuador:

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  • dezertdoc

    I knew Dennis in Iraq when I was a medic for KBR. I don’t believe for a second he was involved in drug trafficking. I hope they can get to the truth and get him home safe.

  • IslaFire

    A quick google for “Air Serv Ecuador” shows they have no offices there. Their parent company, ABM, offers some security services there but I can’t find out any more information on it. I hope this guy wasn’t suckered into a bogus job enticement for a drug deal.

    • sharppointy1

      I’ll bet that’s exactly what happened. This is horrifying, I hope the US government can intervene and help get him home.

  • FILO

    No way. I don’t believe it for a second. Sticking Ecuador

  • EZ money


    Air Serv’s newest venture, International RAM, also rose from humble beginnings in 2001. Three former Texas Department of Public Safety officers met while handling the security detail for George W. Bush during his 2000 presidential campaign. They started the company to offer security and training services. After the events of September 11, 2001, they expanded to include airport security and services.

    (((Headquartered out of Atlanta,))) Georgia, with a highly experienced management team, Air Serv is strategically positioned in the city with one of the world’s busiest passenger airports.y

  • Cid Campeador

    Hope he is in a real work interviewing, but 3Kilos of cocaine and he didn´t know nothing about it?????, c’mon.

    An interview for an enterprise that didnt even exists?????, c’mon.

  • ProudAmerican

    He should of stuck with the old stuffed balloons in the butt trick. A big boy boy like that coulda snuck at least 5 kilos in that keister.