Fort Wayne assistant fire chief steps down after formal complaint filed

Chief Eric Lahey said Todd Prindle resigned as the assistant chief of operations with the Fort Wayne Fire Department Friday.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 9:43 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2019 10:02 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A Fort Wayne Fire Department assistant chief is stepping down.

Chief Eric Lahey said Todd Prindle resigned as the assistant chief of operations with the Fort Wayne Fire Department Friday.

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In his resignation letter, Prindle said "I want to apologize for my lack of judgment and actions that put the Fort Wayne Fire Department in a bad light. I would like to offer my resignation from the position of Assistant Chief of Operations and return to the engine house. This is a great Department and it is going in the right direction and I do not want to distract from that."

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Last week, Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters filed a formal complaint against him.

The union claims Prindle falsified certification documents for a firefighter, then asked that firefighter to lie about it.

"Prindle's resignation as Assistant Chief of Operations is an appropriate first step," union president Jeremy Bush told FOX 55 in a statement. "However, The Mayor's Office, in no uncertain terms, made assurances that an investigation is being conducted. The citizens whom we are sworn to protect deserve to know the results of that investigation. To our knowledge, no witnesses have been contacted and the allegations are still pending."

Prindle will continue to serve on the Fort Wayne Fire Department as a captain, which is what his rank was before the promotion.

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