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Two Ohio Firefighters Placed on Leave after Allegedly Making Firehouse Porn

Akron firefighters accused of making porn at firehouse

Two firefighters from Akron, Ohio, were placed on leave this week after they were caught allegedly making porn at the fire station.

Officials say that Lt. Art Dean and Provisional Lt. Deann Eller were reportedly discovered filming pornographic videos by another firefighter, who reported the incident to his superiors. The pair is said to be in a long-term relationship but they were not assigned to the same station at the time of the incident. Dean works at Station 99 and Eller is assigned to Station 3, but they may have made the porn videos at Station 11, according to local reports. The videos posted online under the moniker "firecouple 11."

According to a joint statement by Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker, "The City is actively conducting an investigation into the allegations, and we will take prompt and appropriate action based on the results of that investigation. The two employees were immediately placed on administrative leave pursuant to their union agreement, pending the investigation."

The two leaders said they found the allegations "shocking and distressing" and lamented that the incident brings "unwelcome dishonor and embarrassment" to the Akron Fire Department and the City of Akron and "unfairly discredits the reputation of other Akron Fire officers."

"The Akron Fire Department is composed of hundreds of committed first responders who comport themselves with dignity, professionalism, and the highest levels of integrity and dedication in their service to the Akron public," they said. "These courageous public servants put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the health, safety, and property of Akron citizens and serve as role models of duty and service across our community."

The pair said they take their responsibility to uphold the public trust extremely seriously and that they won't "condone or tolerate any behavior that violates that trust."

"These allegations in no way reflect on the values of the Akron Fire Department or the City, and we are devastated that these allegations would distract from the meaningful and important work being done to keep our citizens safe and keep our neighborhoods strong," they said in the statement.

Akron Police are not investigating the matter as there have been no allegations of criminal activity.

"We have a long way to go to get to the bottom of it," Akron City Council member Tara Samples said. "If they did perform these acts within a city structure then we have a problem."

Fire union president Steve Barker said the firefighters have been good city employees for more than a decade. "I don't think they'd ever compromise anything they've ever done working for the city or working for the citizens of Akron," he told News 5 Cleveland.

Horrigan and Tucker said the employees will receive due process as the investigation continues. They said they will provide additional information at the conclusion of the investigation and after "appropriate action" has been taken. If it is determined that the couple made the videos on city property, they could lose their jobs.