REVERE, Mass. – The mayor of Revere, Massachusetts, has verbally reprimanded the fire chief for allowing a firefighter to ride a department ladder truck nine miles to his wedding.
The Oct. 17 ride didn't cost the city money. The truck was out of service because of budget cuts and was driven by two off-duty firefighters who volunteered their time. The groom paid $20 to cover fuel costs.
But Mayor Thomas Ambrosino told the Daily Item of Lynn that Chief Eugene Doherty "showed very poor judgment" in allowing firefighter Kevin O'Hara to ride the truck from Revere to his nuptials at the Nahant Country Club.
Doherty says department vehicles are often used for parades and other events and he allowed the ride because O'Hara is a good firefighter. But he acknowledges the nine-mile ride might have been a "stretch."