Northwest NEWS

February 22, 1999

Local News

Firefighter loses job

by Al Hooper

   The Board of Commissioners for the Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District determined at a special meeting Feb. 17 that the charges brought against senior Firefighter George Moorhead "have sufficient merit," and voted to terminate Moorhead's employment by the district.

   The charges, resulting from an accident in which Moorhead caused the deaths of three people nearly two years ago, specified that Moorhead "brought discredit upon the district, adversely affected the morale of his fellow firefighters, and impaired his own ability to execute his assigned duties."

   Additionally, the district's insurer had indicated that they will not allow Moorhead to drive any district vehicles. Coupled with a previous Superior Court's conviction and sentencing that revoked his operator's permit for two years, Moorhead was already no longer able to perform driving duties.

   The Board voted not to accept Moorhead's offer to "step down in rank to be released from driving responsibilities." The five commissioners deliberated in an executive session for nearly an hour before calling the public meeting back to order and formalizing their decision by motion and vote.

   Moorhead still has at least one avenue of redress for this action, and for that reason district officials have declined to offer any comment at this time.

   The commissioners normally meet at 6:00 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the District Headquarters, located at 19900 144th Ave NE. They can be reached via voice mail at 425-483-2131.