1-16-14 Dispatchers fired over Christmas broadcastLatest Headlines Thursday, January 16th, 2014 Would you like to receive e-mail alerts when we have breaking news? Click here!
PETERSBURG — A pair of 911 dispatchers for Grant County were fired this week after airing a Christmas message with overtly Christian overtones over the county’s pager system on Christmas Eve.
The broadcast by Hunter Whetzel and Jared Alt apparently focused on the birth of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross.
Alt told WV MetroNews that he thought the message of the true meaning of Christmas needed to be broadcast. Alt said the message was sent out when all emergency units in the county were in service and not out responding to emergency calls.
The men said the reasons cited when they were fired 2 days ago were insubordination and violation of FCC regulations regarding public safety frequency usage.
Both men said they will appeal the dismissals.
Grant County 911 officials told WV MetroNews they could not comment