2 state firefighters fired after homicide probe

Jan 21, 2015 3:50 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Two state firefighters have been fired and another has resigned after an investigation prompted by the slaying of a CalFire battalion chief's girlfriend.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection began serving employees with disciplinary papers on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Janet Upton tells The Associated Press that 13 other employees face discipline including suspensions, demotions or reductions in pay.

Fifteen of the 16 were instructors at the department's fire academy.

The $2 million investigation began in May after academy instructor Orville Fleming was charged with murder in the death of 26-year-old Sarah June Douglas, a former escort who became his girlfriend.

Upton says the discipline is unrelated to the slaying or to discredited reports of firefighters having sex with the victim.

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