Ex-Fire Chief Sentenced For Stealing Department Funds

By: The Associated Press/KOLN Email
By: The Associated Press/KOLN Email

A former Lancaster County fire chief was sentenced Thursday for stealing more than $33,000 from his department.

Forty-seven-year-old John Porter pleaded no contest in March to theft and attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He was given three to four years for the theft and a year for the weapons charge.

Prosecutors say Porter manipulated accounts from November 2010 through January 2013 to pay for food, electronics and a tattoo. He's repaid the money to the Southeast Rural Fire Department from which he was fired last year.

Police say they found more than a dozen shotguns and rifles while searching Porter's home last year. Because Porter was convicted of theft in 2006, he was ineligible to own guns.

"All he did was steal from his family,” said firefighter Steve Schneider. “All of us."

“He needs to be sent to jail, do some time and be made an example of,” said firefighter Rick Pickel.

"We just hope it doesn't impact the community, that they won’t trust or support their local fire rescue departments anymore,” said Fire Capt. Richard Hanson.


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