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Posted at 3:12 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Naked firefighter suspended without pay

By Washington Post editors

A D.C. firefighter photographed cooking eggs naked in a firehouse has been suspended without pay and is the subject of a new investigation, WTOP reports.

D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin said the male firefighter has been placed on leave without pay. He would not disclose details of the new allegations against the firefighter.

Rubin said an internal investigation determined that following a retirement party at the station in July several employees went to nearby bar and then returned to the firehouse for a late-night breakfast. No women were present, but Rubin told WTOP that the nudity in the common area merited suspension.

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
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"No women were present, "


and he was wantin' ham with those eggs for sure

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 12, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh good grief, what a ridiculous punishment.

I need to see the evidence.

Posted by: chunche | October 12, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

So they were drunk. Why is this news?

Posted by: forgetthis | October 12, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually more concerned with firefighters going to a bar while on duty than I am with the nudity while cooking.

Are they really permitted to go to a nearby bar and return to the firehouse??

Posted by: Kathy8 | October 12, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding! This guy puts his life on the line to protect the public, and they are going to suspend him for cooking eggs in the nude? Please.....

Posted by: InTheMiddle | October 12, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

He can come over to cook my eggs. I'll even loan him an apron.

Posted by: chunche | October 12, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

What exactly if the problem: Cooking with no clothes on or someone releasing a picture of the person cooking with no clothes on?

Unless there is something else going on or facts that are not included in the article, the naked person would be punished enough if he were required to do some work around the firehouse that no one else wants to do.

What's the story on the person releasing the picture?

Posted by: searay28 | October 12, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

DC Police can shoot and kill a dog at a street fair with no repercussions, but a firefighter cooks in his fire station with no clothes on and gets suspended? I'm confused.

Posted by: cpantelias | October 12, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

@cpantelias: Best comment ever.

Posted by: Spamcatcher | October 12, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I hope he wasn't frying eggs in sizzling, popping grease while nude! Even boiled eggs would give me pause.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 12, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Come and cook for me any time, Special in the nude

Posted by: onesugar | October 12, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Can I get a lil' rumpshaker with that!! Morning Luv!!!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | October 12, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

New Newsflash.....

firefighter offered jobs all over the country.

firefighter tells post to eat his axx.

firefight tells (already told) obama to get a life.

Posted by: docwhocuts | October 12, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Open letter to the Washington Post:

Just because you wrote about a story way back when, doesn't mean you have to follow it until the very end. This is hardly worth the effort to write about. A naked fireman amidst men. Who the hell cares?!

Posted by: crzytwnman | October 12, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

DC Police can shoot and kill a dog at a street fair with no repercussions, but a firefighter cooks in his fire station with no clothes on and gets suspended? I'm confused.

Posted by: cpantelias | October 12, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DCFanatic | October 12, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

When cooking breakfast. . . .

NEVER, NEVER fry bacon, while in the nude!!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | October 12, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"No women were present"

Of course not. That would spoil the mood.

I'll bet they weren't cooking bacon either, probably sausage and pressed ham. And the other firemen looked at him and said "Come here. Come here" in a dusky voice.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 12, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Kudos for Chief Rubin for expecting better from his firefighters.

The police has a deep cultural resistance to disciplining their own; that doesn't mean the fire department has to suffer from the same dysfunction.

Posted by: vfr2dca | October 12, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Kathy8: I don't care about his cooking without any clothes on, but if the crew was on duty, and if they were at the firehouse I assume they were, what's with going to a bar and was that after previously drinking at the "retirement" party?

Yes, firefighters run into burning buildings, but I don't want them doing that if they're loaded.

Posted by: fdrew | October 12, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

He was hosed!

Posted by: Bugs222 | October 12, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Point of clarification:

From reading previous posts, I am under the impression that the firefighter in question was not on duty while at the party, the bar, or while cooking, nor were the majority of the other attendees.

Posted by: johnqpublic1 | October 12, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully he didn't burn the sausage.

Posted by: dapaha | October 12, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

If he had said he was gay, the DC City Council would have moved Heaven and Earth to proclaim not only him, but his partner, Harry Johnson.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | October 12, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I find it hilarious people are defending him.

What job on earth, whether you are on duty or not, can you expect to stay employed when you are at the workplace and cooking something in the nude?

Posted by: BigBubba1 | October 12, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

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