Felons as Firefighters? I still don’t think it is necessary to allow felons to be firefighters. That being said, I have heard from some who have turned their lives around and become upstanding firefighters by their accounts and some of their peers. Unfortunately, some felons who have infiltrated the fire service continue to prove my point that it isn’t a necessity.
The latest is charges against Piney Grove Fire and Rescue Department (NC) Captain John Pernay Fields. Pernay, 34, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon among other charges.
Fields is listed on the department’s website as a captain. He will remain suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Piney Grove fire officials said.
Fields was convicted on felony vehicle breaking and entering charges in 1996 and served four months in prison, according to state arrest records.
Past articles related to felons in the fire service include:
- Felons as Firefighters? New York State Law Aims to Stop Employment Discrimination Against Ex-Cons. FDNY Considers Hiring Felons
- Should Felons Be Allowed to be Firefighters?
- Should Sex Offenders be Firefighters? What About Pardoned Ones?
- This thread on Firefighter Nation that I began…and was eventually closed by the webteam