Firefighters all wet after pool allegation

June 21, 2007 at 4:01 PM
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KANSAS CITY, Kan., June 21 (UPI) -- A group of firefighters in Kansas City, Kan., are in hot water after allegedly filling a swimming pool with city water while on the clock.

Three firefighters have been accused of using their company's fire truck to tap into a local fire hydrant and fill a local resident's swimming pool all while on duty last weekend, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star said Wednesday.

A Unified Government spokesman in Wyandotte County said the firefighters not only effectively stole city water on Sunday, but did so while being paid by local taxpayers.

"Taking water without paying for it is theft, very simply," spokesman Mike Taylor said.

"But a larger issue here is the fact that on-duty firefighters allegedly did something and used KCK fire equipment that was supposed to be online and on-duty, and they weren't supposed to do that. That is actually as serious or more serious," he added.

The Star said it was unknown how long it took the trio to fill the private pool and what connection, if any, the workers had with the pool's owner.

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