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Fanning Springs firefighter resigns

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James registers .22 BAC at fire scene

By David Davis

A Fanning Springs firefighter resigned after failing a blood-alcohol test at the scene of a fatal fire in Levy County. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Fanning Springs Fire Chief Roy Bass said Mark James, deputy chief of operations at the volunteer fire department voluntarily resigned Sunday on the scene of the fire after recording a .22 blood-alcohol content.

According to a press release from Chiefland Fire Rescue Capt. Daniel Morgan, Chiefland, Fanning Springs and Levy County Department of Public Safety Medical Units were dispatched at 2:11 a.m. to 7191 NW 95th St. to a reported mobile home fire. Once on the scene, it was found to be a fully-involved recreational vehicle.

LCSO Dep. John Finkell stated in an incident report that Fanning Springs firefighters Mark James and Jennifer Poppell appeared to be intoxicated. Poppell was having difficulty standing and walking in a straight line, according to the report. After observation, the decision was made to pull her from the scene and make her stay away due to safety concerns.


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