Cleveland firefighters charged with lying about truck crash - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cleveland firefighters charged with lying about ladder truck crash

The incident involved a ladder truck from Station 36 near East 131 Street and Union Avenue. (Source: WOIO) The incident involved a ladder truck from Station 36 near East 131 Street and Union Avenue. (Source: WOIO)

Two Cleveland firefighters are facing charges after they lied about a crash with a fire truck.

Richard Nickerson and Ron Vargo have been charged in city court with misdemeanor charges of falsification.

The incident involved the ladder truck from Station 36 near East 131st Street and Union Avenue. The accident left the truck out of service, knocked down a heavy light pole, and the city says this caused about $20,000 damage.

Records show last month near East 116th Street and Buckeye Road, Nickerson drove into the parking lot of a business to cut through. He claimed a car cut him off, and he crashed into a pole. His boss, Capt. Vargo, signed reports backing up that story, and reports show he was on the truck at the time.

But we've learned security video shows that is not what happened; no car swerved into the path of the truck.

Fire investigators and Cleveland accident investigators got to the bottom of it.

We went to the fire station looking for the two men involved, and they were not there. We spoke briefly by phone to Nickerson, but he didn't want to comment.

The falsification charges are misdemeanors, so the city says the two men can continue to work as the case plays out in court. Any city discipline will come after that.

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