Two part-time Brookfield firefighters were suspended for seven days for social media comments they posted following news reports of a triple homicide in Youngstown, said Fire Chief David Masirovits.
Cyler Reed and Aaron Walker have served their suspensions and are back on the duty schedule, he said.
In a Facebook post, Reed said, “Someone must’ve followed through with our shooting range idea,” and Walker replied, “snooze you lose I guess.” Reed posted, “We can always try in Warren,” and Walker said, “still down.”
“We found that the public trust has been violated,” as well as department policy, Masirovits said.
Brookfield Fire Chief David Masirovits said part-time firefighter Matt Rozhon has been removed from the list of active personnel for pleading guilty to some of the charges alleging that he reported two fires that never happened.
“Public court records show that he pled guilty to some of the charges,” the chief said. “Based on that information, we just felt it was in the best interest of the department and the community.”
Rozhon, 23, of Newton Falls, pleaded guilty Feb. 3 in Niles Municipal Court to charges of making a false alarm and inducing panic. He reported Jan. 23 that a fire call had been made to the station in McDonald, but three departments that rushed to the scene found nothing.
Niles Judge Christopher Shaker gave Rozhon credit for a day he had spent in jail and put him on a year of probation.
Rozhon also faces charges in Girard of disrupting public service, inducing panic and making false alarms. That case, which stems from a Jan. 13 incident, has not been resolved.