Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Scuzzbucket of the Week

Umatilla Florida firechief Richard Shirk.

The chief of this small central Florida volunteer fire department was asked to resign after he e-mailed pictures that showed the exposed breast of a 26-year-old car crash victim, officials said Monday.

Umatilla Fire Chief Richard Shirk told city officials he e-mailed images of crash and the woman, who later died, for training purposes. Shirk told officials he did not notice the woman was partially nude in at least one of the photos.

City Manager Glenn Irby said Shirk initially sent the e-mail to representatives of three nearby fire departments and it was forwarded to other people.

Shirk was hired in October as the city's first paid fire official, earning $55,000 a year to oversee volunteer firefighters.

Irby said Monday that Shirk was being offered three-months pay in exchange for his resignation.

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