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Bloomington Firefighter Terminated For History Of Domestic Battery

Last updated on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

(BLOOMINGTON) - The Bloomington Board of Public Safety has terminated the employment of Bloomington firefighter Richard Garvin.


On Tuesday night the board voted to terminate 48-year-old Garvin, who was a driver for the Bloomington Fire Department for more than 20 years.

Garvin was placed on administrative leave without pay for a year after he was arrested in September 2017 on a felony charge of domestic battery with a previous conviction.

According to a Bloomington Police report, on Sept. 27, 2017, a woman reported that Garvin had slapped her across the face, causing the woman to fall into a patio table. He also allegedly threw a ceramic lamp across the yard.

This was not the first time Garvin has been arrested on domestic battery charges.

In August 2018, Indiana University police arrested Garvin again on two felony charges of invasion of privacy. He was placed on leave without pay in October 2018. The charges in both cases were then dismissed.

In Oct. 2010, Garvin was arrested on two felony charges of domestic battery and invasion of privacy for violating a restraining order.

He pleaded guilty to the crimes in a negotiated plea agreement in May 2011. He was sentenced to one year of probation and was suspended from the department for 30 days without pay.

Board members stated Garvin's conduct is inappropriate for a firefighter. The board voted 3-1 to terminate Garvin. He will receive full back pay owed him for the year he was on administrative leave. Garvin has five days to appeal the board's decision.

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