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Ohio assistant fire chief demoted after medics mistakenly declare patient dead

The investigation determined the Springfield Township assistant chief did not adequately investigate the incident

By Bill Carey

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Springfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to demote the assistant fire chief following recommendations from an investigative report.

The investigation determined that Assistant Fire Chief David Moore did not adequately investigate an incident in which a woman was mistakenly declared dead in January, WTVG reported.

Two Springfield Township medics have been fired; the fire chief and assistant chief remain on leave

“As we’ve continued to investigate this terrible situation, our focus is on learning what went wrong and taking steps to correct those issues immediately,” Board of Trustees Chair Andy Glenn said. “While the Assistant Chief didn’t receive any guidance or instructions from the fire chief, he was still expected to lead the department. His investigation and leadership after the incident were nowhere near good enough.”

The Springfield Township Fire Chief remains on administrative leave pending a broader scope of review.