Fire chief: Two Akron firefighters on paid leave for allegedly making porn at fire station

AKRON, Ohio - Two Akron firefighters have been placed on leave amid allegations they created pornographic videos in one of the department's fire stations.

According to Ellen Lander Nischt, a spokesperson for the mayor, Lt. Art Dean and Provisional Lt. Deann Eller were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. City officials called the allegations "shocking and distressing."

Nischt said a firefighter found out about the pornographic videos, which were reported up the chain of command.

Officials said the two firefighters are not assigned to the same station and "were known to be in a long-term relationship." The two firefighters allegedly created the video and displayed it online, according to officials. Dean works at Station 9 and Eller at Station 3, but city officials are looking into whether or not they made porn videos at Station 11.

Akron police said they are not part of this investigation.

Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker spoke about the issue Monday afternoon and said the alleged actions of the pair do not represent the department or the high standards they hold their firefighters to.

"I know this department, and this is not who we are," Chief Tucker said.

Here is the full statement released by the Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker:

Allegations involving two City of Akron firefighters recently came to the attention of the City. The allegations relate to the creation of pornographic content displayed online – some of which is alleged to have taken place on City property. The City is actively conducting an investigation into the allegations, and we will take prompt and appropriate action based on the results of that investigation. The two employees were immediately placed on administrative leave pursuant to their union agreement, pending the investigation. The employees involved are not assigned to work at the same fire station and were known to be in a long-term relationship.

As leaders of this City and this Department, we find these allegations shocking and distressing to say the least. The Akron Fire Department is composed of hundreds of committed first responders who comport themselves with dignity, professionalism, and the highest levels of integrity and dedication in their service to the Akron public. These courageous public servants put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the health, safety, and property of Akron citizens and serve as role models of duty and service across our community. These allegations bring unwelcome dishonor and embarrassment to Akron Fire Department and the City of Akron and unfairly discredit the reputation of other Akron Fire officers.

As Mayor and Fire Chief, we take our responsibility to uphold the public trust extremely seriously, and will never condone or tolerate any behavior that violates that trust. These allegations in no way reflect on the values of the Akron Fire Department or the City, and we are devastated that these allegations would distract from the meaningful and important work being done to keep our citizens safe and keep our neighborhoods strong.

Additional information will be provided to the Akron public when the investigation has concluded and appropriate action is taken. We thank you for your patience as we conclude the investigation and provide due process for these employees.

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