Murfreesboro Fire Captain Cleared In Two Incidents
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Murfreesboro Fire Captain has been cleared of all suspicion in connection with two incidents at a fire station.
Captain Theodore (Ted) Pertiller was placed on administrative leave with pay for a brief period of time after an unknown brown substance was found in his locker during a mandatory locker search on March 13. The search was a result of an incident at Station 3 on March 11 when two marijuana cigarette butts were found on the station grounds.
Pertiller returned to full duties, and was not disciplined over the matter after it was discovered that a co-worker had placed the substance in his locker as a joke.
"I am glad the matter was resolved because I wanted my name cleared. I voluntarily took two drug screenings, which were both negative," Pertiller said in a statement.
Pertiller said media accounts of the incident put him and his family in a "false light."
The fire department said there was connection with the March 11 incident and the substance found in Pertiller's locker.
They said he was cooperative during the investigation, and drug testing and analysis found the substance was not illegal.