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5 Hattiesburg firefighters demoted for theft of UPS packages

Five members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department have been demoted after an investigation into theft of packages from a UPS truck.

Fire Chief Paul Presley tells The Hattiesburg American three officers were demoted: two from captain to lieutenant and one from lieutenant to engineer. The officers also received a yearlong probation.

He says two other firefighters who were demoted also received a year’s probation, along with reprimand and one shift without pay.

Presley says the theft took place Sept. 1, when firefighters responded to a burning UPS truck on Interstate 59. After extinguishing the fire, the firefighters allegedly stole undetermined packages off the truck.

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  1. Demoted? The criminals should be fired. These demoted employees still will have access to peoples homes and can continue to steal. Was this the first time or just the first time they were caught.

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