5 accused Milwaukee firefighters disciplined

File photo.
File photo.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Five Milwaukee firefighters accused of vandalizing a firehouse last September won’t be fired.

The Milwaukee Fire Department says two of the firefighters who failed to properly prevent or report the vandalism will be demoted. All five will serve unpaid 30-day suspensions and take remedial training.

Nine firefighters were suspended Sept. 30 after Engine House 32 was found vandalized. It was the last shift before the firefighters were expected to be transferred to other firehouses.

Since an internal investigation began in October, two firefighters have taken early retirement and two probationary firefighters were fired. Last month, an investigation board recommended the remaining five firefighters be fired.

But a department news release Friday said that most of the vandalism and disorder was committed by people who have already left.

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