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Detroit Fire Department completes investigation into burning home photo, promises discipline for those involved

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 17:40:15-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit's Fire Commissioner says the investigation into a photograph taken outside a burning home has been completed and those involved will face discipline.

The statement released by Eric Jones says their investigation determined that the photo was taken after firefighters were ordered out of the house because of structural integrity concerns.

The details of the discipline are not being released because it is a personnel matter.

Read the complete statement below:

The investigation regarding the photo taken by firefighters at 611 South Green Street is complete. The investigation reveals that firefighters did enter the location to initiate fire suppression operations. However, due to concerns about structural integrity, the firefighters were ordered out to assume a defensive posture. During this transition from offensive operations to defensive operations, a suggestion was made to take a photo, with the retiring battalion chief, in front of the building.

Detroit Firefighters risk their lives everyday entering burning buildings and performing dangerous technical rescues. Saving lives and saving property is our mission, and the men and women of DFD execute this mission without hesitation. I hold them in high esteem; we should all hold them in high esteem for their sacrifices.

This momentary lapse in judgment brought great embarrassment to our department and our great city. For this poor judgment, all involved will be held accountable. Because this is a personnel matter, I cannot discuss details of the discipline. However, supervisors and above will receive a greater degree of disciplinary accountability. I am satisfied that everyone involved has shown the appropriate level of regret for this inappropriate behavior.

The Detroit Fire Department will continue to provide excellent, rapid service to the citizens of Detr
Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones