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Fire chief reprimanded for son’s prom ride

WEST NEWTON, Pa. (AP) — A volunteer fire chief'’s decision to have his son and the boy's date chauffeured to their high school prom in a fire truck has sparked a four-alarm controversy in their southwestern Pennsylvania borough.

West Newton Council passed a resolution condemning the use of the fire truck as a ride to a dance — and that's about all they're empowered to do because no laws were broken and the borough doesn't control the fire company.

"Clearly, it's not in the line of duty, it's not a parade, it's not a fire, it's not helping with the community in that fashion. It's something that was strictly personal," borough solicitor Chuck Wade said. "They do great work, and I have to get that in, but what they did wasn't something the borough was happy with."


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