Fire district board votes to suspend deputy chief

A Mehlville Fire Protection District deputy chief recently was suspended for allegedly “altering district patient care report forms for the purpose of obtaining controlled substances under false circumstances,” according to information provided by the district.

The district’s three-member Board of Directors voted unanimously to “affirm the recommendation of Chief Ray Haddock to suspend indefinitely without pay Deputy Chief Greg Harwood, effective May 6, 2004,” according to the board’s vote taken in a May 17 closed session.

Harwood, who has been employed by the district since August 1985, served as deputy chief for emergency medical services.

“All I can tell you is it’s a continuing investigation,” Haddock told the Call Monday morning. “We have turned it over to other agencies and we are now working with them on this.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration currently is conducting an investigation into the matter, according to St. Louis County Police Department officials.

Haddock said he did not know if an arrest had been made nor did he know how much longer the police investigation would last.