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Firefighter Charged After Distributing Advanced Tests

The Denver Post via YellowBrix

June 24, 2011

GREELEY, CO – The Weld County district attorney’s office has charged a Greeley firefighter with one count of official misconduct after he gave out tests to firefighters preparing for a certification exam.

Lt. Roger Moore, 46, was issued a summons for the Class 2 misdemeanor, according to Jennifer Finch, the district attorney’s spokeswoman.

No date has been set for a court hearing. Moore was fired this month, said Lt. Rick Cudworth of the Greeley Fire Department.

Cudworth said Moore is appealing his firing.

Finch said authorities investigated whether Moore violated state testing policies.

Moore was placed on leave in May after having e-mailed copies of a state hazardous-materials test to fellow lieutenants, Greeley Fire Chief Duane McDonald has said.

McDonald immediately notified the Colorado Division of Fire Safety, which later prepared a special test for 54 Greeley firefighters that did not include questions from the previous test.

The state suspended Moore’s proctor certification, preventing him from delivering certification tests for firefighters, said Lance Clem, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

The fire-safety division suspended testing during the investigation. They determined that no other incidents happened around the state, Clem said.

Testing was later reinstated at certain regional locations, he said.

A new online system goes into effect July 1, he said.

Giving the tests to firefighters could help some pass when they wouldn’t have otherwise, possibly putting themselves, citizens and other firefighters at risk, the director of the state fire division said this week.

The tests are typically used by smaller Colorado fire departments, while Denver and some other metro-area departments have their own tests.