You Make the Call: The Case of Beer in the Firehouse

by February 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm 1,302 0


Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]

The U Street fire station of Engine No. 9 has been in the news recently. A resident, grateful that his home was saved by the firefighters, dropped off some beer as a ‘thank you’ last September at the station on the 1600 block of U Street NW.

Now, the battalion chief is facing a demotion for failing to appropriately reprimand the firefighters for accepting the gift and putting it briefly inside the refrigerator. WTOP reports that letters of reprimand were sent later and no suspensions were given out, but the Fire Chief feels strongly about the beer even being inside the station.

Is it demotion-worthy, an oversight worthy of reprimand or is this a lot of brouhaha over some brew?

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