Cedar Posts is not sure just what is going on, but from the outside looking in things are pretty interesting at the Salisbury Fire Department.
Rumors have been spreading faster than a 4 alarm fire, but Salisbury City personel staff didn't help things by lying to WBTV reporters on Thursday.
According to the Charlotte television station Salisbury changed their story after saying that no firefighters had been terminated as a result of an investigation into misconduct, by releasing an email late Friday that admitted that firefighters Courtney Brown was fired on January 16 and Captain Baxter "Buddy" Miller was fired on January 25 and another firefighter, Castleman “Chet” Hedrick, has been suspended without pay for misconduct.
Salisbury was the first of two fire departments to dismiss Brown this month. Cory Orbison, chief of the South Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department, said he investigated a single individual in his department for “conduct issues.” He said he removed Brown Jan. 20.
“We let her go,” Orbison said. “She is no longer with us.”
Now this is where things get a little twisted, a Emily Ford reporter for the Salisbury Post tried to speak with 20 year old Courtney Brown at her home. But her mother Teresa Brown answered questions instead.
Teresa Brown said her daughter, who lives with her, is considering suing the city for character defamation. She also told Ford that her daughter was "accused of inappropriate behavior in letters that circulated within the fire department".
According to Ford's report in the Salisbury Post, the mother said Courtney, felt she had been sexually harassed since she started her job with the Salisbury Fire Department two years ago.
“Right now, we are handling this one day at a time,” she said. “That was her career, and she’s never been through anything like this.”
According to reporter Ford, when entered into Google.com, Courtney Brown’s home address is listed as the address for the Salisbury Escort Service and Mooresville Escort Service.
Teresa Brown said she has never heard of either business and said the residence has been in her family for years. The link to an escort service is an error with the search engine, she said.
Cedar's Take Away: Never let you mother do your talking and don't run an escort service out of your home and work at the fire department at the same time.