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D.C. Fire Fighters, Local 36, IAFF, Obtain TRO in Superior Court Prohibiting Mayor, Fire Chief from Implementing Unlawful Disciplinary Action

May 7, 2007

Finding that the Mayor and Fire Chief of the District of Columbia had acted “in clear contravention of their own regulations,” District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Tignor issued a temporary restraining order on May 7, 2007 forbidding the city government from imposing penalties against two firefighters that were over and above the disciplinary action recommended by the Fire Department’s own internal hearing panel.

The firefighters were two of five members facing internal charges in the wake of a highly-publicized report by D.C.’s inspector general that found fault with the Fire Department’s assessment and treatment of retired New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum in response to a 911 call.  Three of the five men were exonerated by the internal panel, which, in the course of a two-week hearing, received extensive testimony from the inspector general’s investigators, the medical examiner, and police officers and neighbors on the scene.  Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC, represented Local 36 and the two individual firefighters in connection with the TRO action, and also represented four out of the five members in the internal disciplinary proceedings.