Killeen: Fired firefighter asks court to overturn termination

A Killeen firefighter who was dismissed after he brought attention to thefts of fire department association funds now is asking a district court to overturn the decision to terminate him. (File)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen firefighter who says in a lawsuit he was dismissed after he brought attention to thefts of funds from Killeen’s Local 2505 Professional Firefighters Association is asking a district court to overturn the decision to terminate him.

In the lawsuit filed in Bell County’s 169th State District Court, Cody Morrow claims he “was terminated from the City of Killeen, Fire Department, on January 25, 2019 after the Killeen Civil Service Commission affirmed (his) indefinite suspension.”

Morrow was suspended following an internal investigation that began after he notified supervisors that several officers of the firefighters association had been using club funds for personal purchases, the suit says.

At the conclusion of the investigation some association members were charged and convicted of misappropriation of funds and Morrow was terminated.

In October 2017, two former Killeen firefighters who were charged with theft of association funds pleaded guilty.

Keven Tennison, the association’s former treasurer, was sentenced to serve 10 years on deferred adjudication probation and was ordered to pay $54,000 in restitution.

Robert Arredondo, formerly the association’s secretary, was sentenced to serve four years on deferred adjudication probation.

Deferred adjudication probation means if the men complete their terms of probation successfully, they’ll not have a final felony conviction on their records.

Police were told March 26, 2014, that the funds were missing.

Tennison later told police investigators that during the period from 2008 to 2014, he misappropriated more than $77,800 from association accounts, but a forensic audit showed more than $150,000 missing.