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11-18-08, 11:32 PM #1
Volunteer firefighter decides show off town's $165,000 specially customized fire truck to his lady-friend, resulting in epic fail (w/pic)
PROVINCETOWN — Police have charged a Provincetown volunteer firefighter with speeding and operating a firetruck dangerously following an investigation into a Nov. 9 crash that totaled the town's only ladder truck.
Elias Martinez, 21, who joined the Provincetown volunteer fire department as a junior firefighter at age 13, was driving the truck during a routine test at around 9:30 a.m. when the truck's front wheel hit a curb at Snail Road and Route 6 and flipped over about four times, investigators said.
Rescuers took Martinez and a female passenger not associated with the fire department to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. Both Martinez and the passenger, Emily Forbes, 21, of Pembroke were treated for minor injuries.
As a result of an accident reconstruction report received yesterday, police cited Martinez for speeding, failure to use caution at an intersection and operating a vehicle negligently, said Provincetown police Staff Sgt. Warren Tobias.
Negligent or reckless operation of a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence in a house of correction of two years, according to state sentencing guidelines.
Tobias declined to reveal the estimated speed of the firetruck, citing the pending court proceedings.
Martinez has also been put on unpaid administrative leave, said Provincetown Town Manager Sharon Lynn.
As a volunteer firefighter, Martinez would normally receive an annual stipend from the town of about $2,000, according to Provincetown Finance Director Alex Heilala. Martinez received $3,815 as an emergency medical technician in Fiscal Year 2007, according to town records.
No one answered a knock at the door at the Martinez home yesterday afternoon, and a family member declined comment by phone.
Martinez's passenger, Emily Forbes, who is not being charged, was a summer police officer this year, Tobias confirmed. She is not currently employed or paid by the town of Provincetown, said Heilala. Town Manager Lynn said she doesn't know the reason why Forbes was in the firetruck.
Forbes could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Martinez is a steward with the 75-member volunteer fire department, where his father, E.J. Martinez, is captain. He was trained and authorized to drive the ladder truck, Trovato said.
The truck, which was purchased used in 1995, was outfitted for around $165,000 with a special four-stage ladder to handle the town's densely packed neighborhoods, which have narrow streets and many older wood buildings.
Provincetown and its next-door neighbor, Truro, both with year-round populations under 3,500, are the only two part-time fire departments of 19 fire departments on Cape Cod.
Provincetown officials hope to use about $350,000 in insurance money to buy and refurbish another used truck, and not ask taxpayers to foot any of the bill, Lynn said.
For now, the town will rely on ladder trucks from Wellfleet and Orleans, at least 15 minutes away, through a multi-town agreement between fire departments and rescue squads, the Wellfleet and Orleans fire chiefs said.
No court date has been set in Orleans District Court for Martinez's arraignment.
11-19-08, 02:01 AM #2
what a dumbass'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” Sigmund Freud
11-19-08, 04:08 AM #3
jackass.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
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11-19-08, 08:59 AM #4
What an idiot.
11-19-08, 09:31 AM #5
I guess he just showed her he wasn't so "hot" after all!
11-19-08, 09:35 AM #6
Time to pay the piper."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
Some people are meant to be the police......Some people are meant to call the police!!!
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11-19-08, 09:38 AM #7
Idiiotic , dumb, jackass.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
11-19-08, 10:42 AM #8
Very professional.....dumbass.Calm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
11-20-08, 10:17 AM #9
Reminds me of a story a Firefighter told me about a few years ago when three Royal Air Force firefighters took a new crash rescue tender for a spin on the country roads around the base none of them faced charges though the truck hit the tree that hard it litterally wrapped round it crushing the crew compartment completely resulting in almost instant death."all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" Edmund Burke.
"the world is a dangerous place place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it" Albert Einstein
11-24-08, 09:57 AM #10
can you imagine how dad feels, working at the same place? wow
askign himself "where did i go wrong w/ this kid??"V
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