Ex-Huron firefighter's criminal past follows him to Colorado

A former Huron firefighter who resigned when he was criminally charged in 2010 is mired in controversy at his new Colorado job as fire chief.
Jessica Cuffman
Jan 28, 2013

Former Huron firefighter hired as Colorado chief

Criminal past in Huron upsets new residents

Bryan Ware, 37, was named chief at the Beulah fire department this month when the all-volunteer department consolidated fire and EMS services, according to News 5 KOAA in Colorado Springs.

As the department's only paid employee, he previously ran EMS services. Council members hired him to the EMS position in 2010.

But after learning of Ware's criminal conviction in Huron for disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, the community of about 1,200 fell into an uproar, with some residents supporting Ware and others questioning his past.

Ware left Huron in 2010, after resigning from the Huron Fire Department in the midst of the criminal investigation.

The case involved a then 16-year-old old boy, who was a member of a soccer team Ware helped to coach.

The investigation kicked off when police learned Ware had sent a picture of testicles to the boy, which he said he also sent to several other people as a joke.

"I made a mistake and I've paid greatly for it and I've learned from it," he told KOAA.

Ware eventually pleaded guilty to the charge and was placed on probation, which was lifted in October last year.

Under the Beulah fire department's reorganization, several volunteer firefighters left the department. Some said it was in protest of Ware's appointment. Others cited safety issues within the department.

At a heated and packed council meeting Thursday night, residents asked council members and Ware about his past.

The community remains divided, according to KOAA.

Watch KOAA's coverage below:

http://www.koaa.com/news/meeting-draws-large-crowd-of-supporters-for-fire-chief/

http://www.koaa.com/news/new-fire-chief-under-public-scrutiny-235740/

 

Comments

Cracked Cherry

It was an invitation to the tea baggers ball.

crazyaide

Slow day at the rag-ister? Had to go dig up dirt on former residents??? What no accidents to go chase???

John3065

He was a shady man.....I never trusted him and when the news broke about all this in Huron, it didn't surprise me a bit. Can run, can't hide...>Brian it catches up with you

wiredmama222

If it were my child on the receiving end I would be as mad as Hades in August. Mistake or not, he wouldn't explain his way out if it. I can't understand how this didn't come up on his vetting. I can understand why half the force left because of it.

It isn't a matter of lightening up or taking it lightly at all. Its a matter of what is right and wrong NOW. This isn't the past, its the present. What happened or was acceptable then, isn't acceptable now. Things have changed dramatically for good cause. So his actions were not acceptable. Live with that. What many of us did back when we were 16 isn't relevant either. This world has drastically changed, and so have the rules.

This man knew better but did it anyway. Unacceptable behavior in a world that punishes the person who does not follow the rules is par for the course. There is no getting out of it. He should have told the people hiring him EXACTLY what happened before accepting the job. That is the honorable thing to do.

What a shame to have this blared all over the news. It certainly didn't have to come to this when all he had to do was tell it at the time of the interview. That is truly a shame. I guess this is some basic element we should have brought with us from the past: the ability to admit mistakes and own up to them. Integrity. What a nice world that would be.

Rod Farva

How long will he have to pay for this? That town will only be hurting themselves if they remove Bryan

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