Demoted D.C. firefighter gets his rank back

A D.C. firefighter who was demoted after publicly questioning the policies of former fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe has been given his rank back.

Robert Alvarado, who was D.C.'s Firefighter of the Year in 2014, appealed his demotion to the Office of Employment Appeals, and won. This week, he was told by officials with D.C. Fire and EMS that his rank as lieutenant has been restored.

Alvarado was demoted in part because he failed to tell a FOX 5 camera crew to turn off its camera when a man complaining of chest pains showed up at the station looking for help.

Alvarado was one of four firefighters who pulled four people from a burning building in March 2014.



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