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Firefighters are angered over firing of firefighter over DWI

An Austin firefighter is terminated following an off-duty drunk driving arrest.

53 year old Mark Madison has been with the department for 29 years and Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks says Madison has a flawless record, "The association and the firefighters believe in progressive discipline. They also believe people do mistakes and they have to account for them and atone for them. But this is just another very heavy handed tactic from the Fire Chief."

Nicks says this termination goes too far and they will be standing behind Madison's appeal. The department changed its ten-day suspension policy for DWI in December to crack down on alcohol abuse.

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