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Spokane Valley ex-firefighter sues over firing for religious emails

A former Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighter fired for sending religious emails on the department’s email system has filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court in an attempt to get his job back. Jon Sprague created the Spokane County Christian Firefighter Fellowship in 2010 and used the department’s email system to send information about fellowship events as well as links to a monthly newsletter to fellow firefighters. Sprague was ordered repeatedly to stop sending the nonwork-related emails and was disciplined several times before being fired in 2012.

Fired firefighter denied job reinstatement

A Spokane Valley firefighter fired last year for repeatedly sending religious emails from his department account has been denied a request to get his job back. The vote Wednesday by the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s Civil Service Commission was unanimous in upholding the decisions of the fire commissioners and former Chief Mike Thompson to fire Capt. Jon Sprague.

Commission: Firefighter who misused email won’t get job back

The Spokane Valley Fire Department’s Civil Service Commission denied a request by former Capt. Jon Sprague to get his job back after he was fired last year for sending religious emails from his department email account despite repeated orders to stop.

Dismissed firefighter wants job back

Former Spokane Valley Fire Department Capt. Jon Sprague tried to convince the department’s Civil Service Commission on Monday that he was improperly fired in October. Sprague was terminated after first being reprimanded and then suspended for two 24-hour shifts without pay for repeatedly sending religious emails from his department email account despite orders to stop. Sprague has argued that sending the emails, which are tied to his Spokane County Christian Firefighter Fellowship group, are a right of free speech.

Doug Clark: So begins Straub’s grace period

Frank Straub has taken the oath to become Spokane’s new police chief, and already the department is running like a stolen Rolex. No innocent civilians have been shot, shocked or shivved.

Private emails cost fire captain his job

The Spokane Valley Fire Department on Monday fired a captain who continued to send religious emails from his department email account despite numerous orders to stop. Capt. Jon Sprague, who runs the Spokane County Christian Firefighter Fellowship, has been disciplined several times for sending the emails. This year, he received a letter of counseling, a letter of reprimand and a second letter of reprimand with a suspension of two 24-hour shifts without pay before the Spokane Valley Board of Fire Commissioners voted unanimously to fire him.

Firefighter faces suspension

Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to suspend a firefighter without pay for two 24-hour shifts for continuing to use his department account to send religious emails to fellow firefighters after being ordered to stop. But Capt. Jon Sprague said he plans to continue sending the emails, arguing that orders to stop violate his First Amendment protections.

Panel denies grievance by firefighters union

The Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners voted unanimously this week to deny a grievance filed by the firefighters union on behalf of Capt. Jon Sprague, who has been reprimanded for sending emails with religious content on the department’s email system. Sprague began sending the emails to a group of nearly 50 firefighters after he founded the Spokane County Christian Firefighter Fellowship in 2010.

Faith emails cause conflict

A firefighter is contesting discipline handed down by the Spokane Valley Fire Department for sending emails with religious content to other firefighters using the department’s email system. Capt. Jon Sprague was suspended without pay for two 24-hour shifts for conduct unbecoming an officer and violation of an order given by a superior officer. Fire commissioners, however, said the discipline should be suspended until mediation is complete.