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5 Hattiesburg firefighters demoted for theft of UPS packages

Five members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department have been demoted after an investigation into theft of packages from a UPS truck.

Fire Chief Paul Presley tells The Hattiesburg American three officers were demoted: two from captain to lieutenant and one from lieutenant to engineer. The officers also received a yearlong probation.

He says two other firefighters who were demoted also received a year’s probation, along with reprimand and one shift without pay.

Presley says the theft took place Sept. 1, when firefighters responded to a burning UPS truck on Interstate 59. After extinguishing the fire, the firefighters allegedly stole undetermined packages off the truck.

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