BROOK PARK, Ohio-- Discipline has been handed out after an investigation into firefighters in Brook Park handing out candy on the streets Halloween night.
Lt. Matt Lynch received a written reprimand. That follows a 5-day suspension with pay during the investigation.
Brook Park officials started looking into this after they say firefighters rolled around handing out candy on duty without permission. They used a fire truck, ambulance, and a department SUV.
The matter sparked harsh reaction from Canada, the U.K. and all over America.
Mayor Tom Coyne couldn’t understand the uproar. He argues, this was not about handing out candy, but about showing the fire chief who’s boss. Coyne said, “But let me suggest to you what this is really all about. So what we have here is a clear case of trying to circumvent the normal chain of command in the fire department. Nothing more. Nothing less."
The mayor said the investigation dragged out because the city had to follow contract procedures.
Friday, we found the lieutenant back at work. He said, “I've been advised by the city not to talk about it. And my union's gonna take it from there."
In fact, all that investigating, and this may not be over yet. The firefighters union plans to file a grievance or appeal over that letter of reprimand. In the end, that appeal could end up right back at city hall. It could be decided in the same place where the investigation began: the mayor's office.
We met Shannon Swancer, a parent, and she reacted by saying, “It is adults acting like children. I just really think it's ridiculous."
Still, next Halloween, Brook Park kids can expect more candy passed out in the streets. The mayor added, “So I want the children of Brook Park to know that next year, we hope to have a very nice program with all of our divisions going out there with volunteers."