Recently, the Spartansburg, Pennsylvania community made national headlines by re-electing their fire chief, who happened to be a registered sex offender. Sadly, the newly re-elected chief resigned over the publicity, but many have stood behind him even in the wake of the negative publicity.
A local news station, WJAC, featured another Pennsylvania community that had a similar situation, but chose to handle it in a more humane, compassionate way, that will undoubtedly benefit their entire community.
Chief Paul Demi of the Spangler Fire Company said of one of their volunteer firefighters who had a sex offense in his past, “I can’t imagine, if we as a company, didn’t give him the second chance.” He continued, “anyone who puts application in, we usually give them opportunity, unless there’s something in present going on. We really haven’t had any issues doing it that way,”