The Boise Fire Department sure has a way with words.
When a fireman popped a dude in the jaw nine months ago in the parking lot of the Torch II strip joint on Vista and got charged in June 2008 for assault, it came out officially like this:
“Boise Firefighter Steve Satterlee has been charged with Aggravated Battery in connection with an altercation that occurred Sept. 7, 2007 at the Torch II business in Boise.
So here is the deal. A bunch of firemen took him out for a bachelor party to look at bare bums and boobs (covered by the anatomical city code of course). Something happened , blows were thrown and the other guy got his jaw broken. No word on the wedding or the success of the marriage so far.
Boise Cops–not always the closest of union buddies–didn’t want to touch the case with a ten foot pole, even though there was one available nearby. They called the Ada Sheriff’s deputies to investigate.
The Sheriff’s guys turned the case over to the Ada County prosecutor, but he was shy and didn’t want to touch it with the pole either. He turned the case over to the Canyon County prosecutor. That office had its own relative problems with a prurient person and apparently didn’t get around to filing until this June 4.
There is no record of any male ever touching the ten foot pole.
Now, two weeks after the fact, the White Shirts at BFD are making the matter public. We hope they respond to fires faster than tawdry bar fights among their off duty staff.
Chief Dennis Doan issued a statement saying, “While these firefighters were off duty and not using city equipment (like fire trucks and axes?), this type of behavior is completely unacceptable and unbecoming of a Boise City Firefighter.”
Word on the street has it the fight involved a Federal Wildland firefighter. We now understand the difference between a fireman and a fireFIGHTER.
Note to firefighters: Behave yourselves and don’t go places and do things you don’t want to read about in the paper, the GUARDIAN or see on TV.
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