West Carthage Allows Delmar House To Stay In FD

West Carthage Allows Delmar House To Stay In FD

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West Carthage firefighters are asking the village to allow former West Carthage Judge Delmar House to stay in the fire department, even though he's a convicted felon.

A couple dozen people and members of the West Carthage Fire Department showed up at a village board meeting Monday night in support of House, a former chief and award-winning volunteer who's been a part of the force for 30-plus years.

The village board had asked House to resign as a firefighter.

"Let it go," West Carthage firefighter Mark Spencer told the village board at the meeting. "You guys need to let it go under ethics."

Firefighters and residents asked the village to let him stay with the fire department.

"If he was here, he'd probably say 'yes, I made a mistake,'" one supporter said, "but who here can say that he hasn't paid for that mistake."

House is pleaded guilty in February in a case involving reducing a fine for sexual favors. He's served a few months in jail on charges of bribery and receiving a reward for official misconduct.

House wasn't at Monday's meeting, but his son Jared was.

"It's unfair to him," he said at the meeting "He's never shamed this fire department in any way and all these taxpayers and village people obviously feel the same way."

After hearing from people in the crowd, the board decided to leave the issue alone.

"There'll be no further action on the issue," Mayor Scott Burto told the crowd.

"I feel like they could have responded a little better," Jared House said after the meeting. "I feel like they could have answered a couple of my questions, but as far as how the outcome turned out that's the outcome that I wanted because, like I said, he's been stripped of everything already. This is something he loves to do. I feel like he should at least have something he can do that he still loves."

In the end, Delmar House was allowed to return to the fire department.

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