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Fifth firefighter fired in Fire Station 8 scandal

Posted: Updated: Oct 14, 2013 01:16 PM CDT
Randy Chandler, 51 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center) Randy Chandler, 51 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
Arrested: Capt. Derrick Harris, 50; Clint Richardson, 26; Fire Engineer Billy Glass, 37 and Jason Vaughan, 34 (Source: Shreveport Police Department and Caddo Correctional Center) Arrested: Capt. Derrick Harris, 50; Clint Richardson, 26; Fire Engineer Billy Glass, 37 and Jason Vaughan, 34 (Source: Shreveport Police Department and Caddo Correctional Center)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A fifth firefighter has been fired in connection with allegations of cruelty to 2 mentally challenged men at Shreveport's Fire Station 8.

According to a brief statement released by the Shreveport Fire Department late Monday afternoon, Capt. Randy Chandler was terminated on September 24 by Fire Chief Ronnie C. Mulford "in reference to incidents alleged to have occurred at Fire Station 8 at 3406 Velva Street."

Word of Chandler's firing comes just hours after he appeared in Caddo District Court on Monday morning, pleading not guilty to one count of cruelty to the infirm.

Chandler is accused of causing one of the victims to be stung repeatedly by fire ants, and of feeding him dog food while on duty as a fire captain.

Four other firefighters have already been fired and are facing the same charge, as well as 1 count each of principal to prostitution in connection with the scandal at Fire Station 8. Fire Captain Derrick Harris, 17-year veteran and engineer Billy Glass, 11-year veteran firefighter Jason Vaughn and 4-year veteran firefighter Clint Richardson have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The charges stem from allegations that the accused firefighters subjected two disabled adults who were regulars at Fire Station 8 to cruel pranks that included stranding them on the roof of the fire station and forcing them to drink human urine.

The firefighters are also accused of chipping in to pay for a prostitute for one of the men, described as a severely mentally challenged 58-year-old man with "the mind of an 8 or 9-year-old child." According to court documents, the man was ordered to have sex with the prostitute in the restroom at Fire Station 8 while Captain Derrick Harris and four others looked on.

All five are due back in court on October 21.

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