DA Says Mass. Fire Chief Placed Phony Call

June 29, 2011

A prosecutor is seeking criminal complaints against acting Holyoke fire chief William Moran for making a “fictitious” call to his own department.

Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said Moran told a dispatcher on June 15 to send a fire truck to the Holyoke Mall for an unspecified “investigation.”

The DA said Moran made the call from a restaurant after seeing two firefighters from the nearby station walk by on their way to getting lunch at another restaurant. Moran then told his two lunch companions they should look out the window and watch the two firefighters run back to the station after getting the call on their radios.

Mastroianni said a four-car accident occurred as motorists stopped for the truck responding to the non-existent call. One person was slightly hurt.

Moran was placed on administrative leave after the incident. His lawyer had no comment on the DA’s allegations.

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