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UPDATE: Former Archer City Volunteer Fire Chief Under Investigation

The Archer City Volunteer Fire Department is taking some serious heat over a former fire chief suspected wrong doing.

The Archer County District Attorney's Office is investigating a misappropriation of funds.

Newschannel 6 spoke with City Manager George Huffman, and he says Scott Burkett is suspected of the wrong doing.
He could not give any other specific details about the investigation, but wants to stress that one persons suspected actions should not reflect on the entire fire department.

It has been a very busy fire season for Texomas volunteer fire departments and their tremendous efforts have not gone unnoticed. But the Archer City Volunteer Fire Department is now fighting an entirely different battle.

The District Attorney's Office confirms one firefighter is being investigated for the unauthorized use of fire department funds. And while this investigation unfolds, Archer City residents are clear they will still support their local heroes.

Cynthia Linebaugh, an Archer City resident says, "You can't let one bad apple ruin it for the rest of the community. We need our fire departments and I don't mind paying the price. It is a small price to pay when you're not in a big city with a fire department."

Cynthia Linebaugh tells Newschannel 6 the entire issue is unfortunate. 
But She will continue to donate money to Archer City's VFD.  
 
This investigation has City Manager George Huffman concerned that not all residents will continue to support the fire department. He is clear the city and county both support the Archer City VFD and will continue to do so.

And so will residents like Kellie Howell, who comments, "There is still a need for the fire department. You can just get rid of the one guy, but the whole fire department accountable for one persons mistakes, it is kind of ridiculous."

Newschannel 6 did speak with the District Attorney handling the investigation. Although he could not give us any details he did say the DA's Office was asked by the City and members of the fire department to conduct the investigation.

Archer City officials say Burkett has been released from his duties. They also say the fire department is fully cooperating with the investigation.

The District Attorney's Office tells Newschannel 6 Burkett faces felony charges. That is, if the ex-firefighter is found to have taken more than 15-hundred dollars.

 

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6 

 

 

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