Pro 8 Exclusive: Chief Landin responds to the media over arrests in his department
May 18, 2010
May 19, 2010
In the last month there have been four firefighters arrested on an array of charges.
Fire Chief Steve Landin spoke to us exclusively, saying the department has nothing to hide and that he believes in transparency:
"I think Pro 8 news did a fine job of bashing the organization three or four days in a row. Putting somebody over and over in uniform. The same individual day one, day two, and day three. I think that out of respect to this uniform I think we should understand the incidents that did occur by these individuals occurred not in the color of the uniform."
He went on to say:
"You said we disrespected your uniform. Why are you mad at us the media, disrespecting the uniform, when your own Firefighters are disrespecting the department. Believe me they hear it from me. They hear it from me. That's something that I won't publicize to you or to anybody else."
In the past month, the Laredo Fire Department has been under fire, as several firefighters have been arrested in different cases.
Chief Landin says everybody makes mistakes:
"Sometimes, they are human. They fall out. It disappoints me. There is no doubt. I've been very open with any media."
During the interview, Landin said he would deal with all of these cases in a private manner, as all firefighters have gone to his office to discuss their future with the department.