BOSTON (AP) — The head of the Boston firefighters union is under scrutiny for hooking up a department-owned hose to a hydrant outside his home to fill his neighbor's pool.
Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser says he was made aware of the allegations in an anonymous letter, which he forwarded to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and Mayor Thomas Menino in June.
The president of Firefighters Union Local 718, Richard Paris, says he "messed up" and apologized in an interview with the Boston Herald. He says he and his Hyde Park neighbor usually use garden hoses to fill the pool, but that can take three days. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, they wanted to fill the pool faster.
The water commission has billed the Norton Street neighbor $116.
Paris has not been disciplined.
Statement of Commissioner Roderick Fraser:
I received an anonymous letter on June 25, 2012 with allegations that one of our firefighters misused a hydrant. As hydrants come under the jurisdiction of Boston Water & Sewer Commission, I forwarded this letter to them for investigation after conferring with the Law Department.
The firefighter involved has admitted using the hydrant was an error in judgment and has apologized. In addition, the water is being paid for.
This is a lesson learned and a reminder to all our employees that our standards are high and we must always strive to meet them. The public expects no less.