Two Cleveland Firefighters Lied About Fire Apparatus Accident

Two Cleveland firefighters face criminal charges after allegedly covering up a crash that involved a fire truck, reports

Capt. Ronald Vargo, 50, and firefighter Richard Nickerson, 42, crashed the fire truck into an light pole June 21 in the 2800 block of East 116th Street. The mistake caused more than $20,000 in damage, a Cleveland Fire Department spokesperson said.

The firefighters told investigators that the collision occurred after a white car swerved in front of the fire truck. Security camera footage revealed otherwise. 

Vargo and Nickerson were charged with falsification in Cleveland Municipal Court. The charge is a misdemeanor. It carries a sentence of a maximum of 180 days in jail.

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