Volunteer firefighter removed from the Urbana, Mo. Fire Department after conduct investigation

Courtesy: Urbana Rural Fire Department
Courtesy: Urbana Rural Fire Department(KY3)
Published: Mar. 25, 2023 at 2:06 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2023 at 4:14 PM CDT
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URBANA, Mo. (KY3) - A volunteer firefighter with the Urbana Fire Department has been removed after an investigation, said Fire Chief Larry Senyard.

“We Apologize to anyone that may have been contacted by them in a disrespect full way, and assure you that they are not a true representation of this Department or Firefighters as a whole,” said Chief Senyard in a Facebook post.

According to Chief Senyard, the firefighter was a probationary employee and was only with the department for one month. Chief Senyard tells us the employee was sending people inappropriate messages on Facebook, the fire department received several complaints about those. He also made inappropriate gestures towards others during department training.

“It’s extremely discouraging. Is extremely hard to find people to volunteer their time for a fire department. But we hold our members to a high standard, even if we’re a volunteer department,” said Chief Senyard.

We have reached out to the fire department for more information on this investigation.

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