Ozark Fire Chief suspended pending investigation | News
OZARK, AL (WSFA) - The Ozark Fire Chief is currently on unpaid suspension while the City of Ozark investigates possible wrongdoing related to a call from last week.
Fire Captain Dan Barefield is also on a two-shift suspension "somewhat related" to the incident.
Ozark Fire Chief Greg Boutwell is on unpaid suspension after he ordered a medical team to not send a rescue helicopter to the scene of a four-wheeler accident on Thursday, April 4.
Authorities say a volunteer rescue squad responded to the four-wheeler accident first and ordered a medical helicopter to the scene. When Chief Boutwell arrived he got on the radio and canceled the call for the medical helicopter. Some argue that since a volunteer squad was on the call, that Chief Boutwell was outside of his jurisdiction to send the helicopter away and the city is now trying to see if any wrongdoing was involved.
The investigation is being conducted by the city with a secondary investigation by E-911.
"It's a very unfortunate incident," said Ozark Mayor Billy Blackwell. "We look forward to resolving this in the very near future."