Bikini Models Posing At Firehouse Help Bring Down Deputy Chief

Deputy Fire Chief Timothy J. Moran didn't have any plans to retire soon, despite serving 20 years with the Holyoke Fire Department in Massachusetts.

But the veteran firefighter resigned abruptly this week, after it was reported that he improperly authorized models scantily clad in swimsuits to pose for photographs with fire trucks and other equipment on city property, The Republican reports.

The newspaper says that it's unclear how the models wound up at fire department headquarters last month, noting that a report that the models were posting for a sport-fitness publication couldn't be confirmed.

Moran had been serving a five-day suspension without pay, after city Fire Chief John Pond learned of the photo shoot, the Republican quotes Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse as saying.

"[The incident] showed poor judgment on behalf of Deputy Chief Moran," Morse told the newspaper Thursday, adding that he stood behind the suspension decision. "I wish Mr. Moran the best of luck in his retirement and thank him for his many years of service."

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For his part, Timothy Moran declined to discuss the matter with the media, telling a reporter who knocked on the door of his home, "Get away from me and stay away from me."

Payroll records show Moran earned $90,324 last year.

Before his decision to retire, Moran sought to appeal the suspension to city's fire commission, which was already investigating Moran for an incident a year earlier that resulted in criminal charges brought against his brother and former acting chief, William Moran, the mayor said.

In June 2011, the Moran brothers were eating lunch at a local restaurant when William Moran saw firefighters enter a deli next door. William Moran allegedly called in a fake report to a dispatcher, saying that a firetruck was urgently needed at a nearby mall.

The call required the firefighters to scramble to the scene, officials said, resulting in a multiple-car accident after a driver of one of the cars failed to yield to the responding firetruck. The car's driver was taken to the hospital.

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Last fall, a judge ruled that William Moran would face criminal charges for allegedly sending the truck on a false call and putting the public in danger.

In April, William Moran, who by then had retired, admitted that evidence was sufficient to find him guilty of making the false call, and he agreed to pay $500 in restitution.

Attorney Jorge L. Neves, who represented Timothy Moran in the incident, said last year that his client had instructed two of the responding firefighters to disregard the call William Moran had made.

But the two firefighters got into the firetruck anyway, thinking they were going to another call.

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