Ill. firefighter fired after adult-phone service probe

FireRescue1 Staff

OAK LAWN, Ill. — A fire department fired a veteran firefighter accused of making calls to phone sex providers while on duty.

Chicago Tribune reported that Robert Lanz was dismissed for violations of multiple departmental rules and regulations after a lengthy investigation. Fire officials said Lanz had a history of disciplinary actions and repeatedly lied during the investigation, according to the report.

"The Oak Lawn firehouses are not places for reckless 'Animal House' behavior,'" Fire Chief George Sheets said. "While we are on duty, firefighters are expected to devote their full attention to the needs of the community. Mr. Lanz's conduct fell far short of that expectation, and he is no longer an Oak Lawn employee."

Lanz, who previously served as head of International Association of Firefighters Local 3405, has filed a grievance contesting his termination with his union.

Mayor Sandra Bury said she supports Chief Sheets’ decision to fire Lanz.

"Residents must respect and trust their first responders and the conduct exhibited by Mr. Lanz greatly diminishes that trust," she said.

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