The firefighter who was arrested in April for slapping his wife no longer works for Barrow County Emergency Services.
Bobby Ray Garmon, 36, of Red Oak Way in Winder was terminated last week from his position as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.
In a May 17 termination notice, Emergency Services Chief Dennis Merrifield told Garmon his termination was based on violations of three county policies.
The violations included abandonment of position, absence due to incarceration, and unreported or unauthorized absences of three consecutive working days.
The termination was effective immediately, according to the notice.
Garmon was arrested April 24 after drinking tequila and beer throughout the day at a relative’s home and then striking his wife as she drove their car home. The dispute continued once they arrived at their residence.
Garmon was charged with three misdemeanors in connection with the incident. He did not return to work after his arrest, according to Merrifield.
Two emergency services personnel have been fired this year in the wake of alcohol-related domestic disputes
Another Longtime Citizen
05/27/11 at 08:47 AM
Sad situation. Too much alcohol and a lack of personal control. --And at a time when we are short of Firefighting personnel... I hope others are watching and do not risk their positions which such behavior.
You would think that the fire department would see the need for in house counseling to these workers. The police officers have counseling when they have to tend with unsettling situations why shouldn't other emergency personnel. The need for alcohol is a means to forget some of the graphic scenes that this brave people face everyday. I hope that in the future the county will see the need for such services to our everyday heros.
A 'need' for alcohol is Alcoholism. The Fire Department along with every other employer have 'Assistance Hotlines' for personal problems and addictions. Being absent from work due to being in jail, is an unexcused absence anyway. Getting drunk and slapping your family has nothing to do with work. Alcohol is not a means to deal with anything. That is a self-enabler and anyone doing so should seek assistance. This story is open and shut. There is no controversy here, getting charged with domestic abuse would effect most jobs.