Worth Co. commission votes to fire battalion chief

Worth Co. commission votes to fire battalion chief

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - Worth County Commissioners voted to fire a Fire Department Battalion Chief.

The vote to terminate suspended firefighter John Graddy was 3 to 1.

County leaders said he abandoned his post January 15th when he drove a patient by ambulance to the hospital in Albany.

He suffered an injury while doing so.

Several supporters testified on Graddy's behalf Tuesday night, and he said there's no policy in writing prohibiting what he did.

I've done our standard operating procedure, which is what has always been done. There is nothing in writing as far as written policy to tell me what I can and cannot do,” said John Grady, Battalion Chief.

"Saying that Battalion Chief John Graddy abandoned his post because he aided EMS is blowing things way out of proportion," said Jennifer Bennett, Worth Co. Part-time Firefighter.

"You know what he's done for this County and he'd give his life for each and every one of us in here," said Dean Tucker, Grady supporter.

More than 300 people signed a petition in support of Graddy.

His termination is effective immediately.

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