SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Channel 9 learned no disciplinary action will be taken against Seminole County firefighters after a county commissioner called them out for going to the grocery store during their shift.
Since WFTV's Tim Barber broke the story on Monday, hundreds of people have voiced their support of the firefighters at Station 36, which sits on Lake Mary Boulevard.
The controversy started after Commissioner Brenda Carey texted a complaint to the firefighters' superiors for going to a Winn-Dixie less than a mile from their fire station while they were on the clock. The complaint eventually turned into an internal investigation, Barber found.
One firefighter who asked to remain anonymous told Barber that cooking on the clock during a 24-hour shift is part of the job.
“In my discussion with the fire chief, it was determined that no disciplinary action was warranted in this case and the fire chief will direct the employee to be counseled as to the requirements of the applicable policy," said the deputy county manager.
"I just feel it's very petty," the firefighter told Barber. "It's just kind of disheartening, you know? We take a lot of pride in the Seminole County Fire Department, and I think we do a really good job."
Since Channel 9's story aired on Monday, Seminole County residents have been dropping food off at the station, showing their support for the men who risk their lives for the county.
Others have voiced their support for Carey, who said she was looking out for taxpayer dollars.
One person wrote on Channel 9's Facebook, "I agree with the commissioner's concern about wasteful spending..."
The firefighters said they were just going for sausage, biscuits and orange juice, but they had their gear with them just in case.
"We are ready to go anytime, 24/7," the unnamed firefighter told Channel 9.
Carey has not responded to WFTV's request for an interview.