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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Relatives of suspended Albany FireFighter Rod Jolivette say they still support him and believe he is the target of a "witch hunt."

Roy and Elvie Hicks are Jolivette's Aunt and Uncle. Jolivette got in trouble in April for calling an on-duty fire crew to clean up their flooded home.

Fire Chief James Carswell fired Jolivette, but City Manager Alfred Lott overturned that decision and demoted him from Assistant Fire Chief to Lieutenant. Saturday Jolivette was arrested by the Chattahoochee Sheriff's Office for impersonating a police officer during a traffic stop.

The Hicks say Jolivette is an honest man, and don't believe he has done anything wrong.

Roy Hicks said "I didn't think anything was illegal about it or anything. I just thought they were coming over to give us a hand, because he said this is what we do. We are firemen, we help people."

Elvie Hicks said "Rod has moved up the ladder, and now he is at the top, and they want to bring him down."

Jolivette is currently suspended with pay after his weekend arrest. The Hicks say they want people in the community to know they believe he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

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