Marlin Volunteer Firefighters Resign After Being Accused of Theft

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MARLIN (February 6, 2013) Two Marlin volunteer firefighters have resigned after being accused of stealing from the department.

Marlin Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Rob Douglas said one firefighter allegedly took some of the department's equipment, sold it and pocketed the money.

Douglas said another firefighter was caught taking money from a department fund.

Douglas said the incidents were brought to his attention a few weeks ago.

He believes they are both separate and isolated.

"We are working hard to fix this problem and make sure it never happens again," Douglas said.

"We enjoy serving our citizens and we don't want them to have doubt in our abilities."

Douglas said the department is meeting with a nonprofit attorney to help prevent situations like this from happening again.

Douglas said most of the stolen equipment has been recovered.

The Marlin Volunteer Fire Department has about fifteen members.

Falls County Precinct 1 Constable Jonathan Shoemaker was originally investigating the alleged thefts.

Shoemaker said the case has been turned over to the Falls County District Attorney's Office.

Douglas said both accused former firefighters have admitted to the theft and are cooperating with the investigation.