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Lawyer for dismissed recruits says blame misguided

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 7/31/2013 10:46 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- The attorney for a group of firefighter recruits accused of cheating says the blame is wrongly being placed on them.

Adam Levine represents 12 out of 14 Las Vegas Fire & Rescue recruits who were told earlier this year they couldn’t graduate because of suspicious results on their written exams.

He says they just followed directions from the proctor during a state hazardous material exam. The proctor is no longer employed by Las Vegas.

Recruits told the city manager this month that their training officer told them it was a group test. City Manager Betsy Fretwell wrote Levine, saying the recruits were not open and accurate in previous interviews and it's not plausible that test takers would think it was a group test.

Levine says the proctor was to blame.

“They were fired without being given a hearing under an accusation they cheated,” he said. “This is a black cloud that hangs over them. It's going to impact ability to get other positions with other fire departments, and the city needs to come clean.”

The investigation is ongoing. The recruits also have filed a complaint with the State Labor Board about how they were dismissed.


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