Cleveland punishes firefighters in shift scandal

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland has disciplined 17 fire department supervisors for their roles in a shift-trading scandal that prosecutors said endangered public safety.

A city audit had indicated some firefighters paid colleagues instead of trading shifts as they're allowed to do.

The city on Thursday handed out reprimands and shift suspensions to the supervisors ranging from one 24-hour shift to three 24-hour shifts.

Thirteen firefighters pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the scandal earlier this year, with charges pending against an 18th supervisor currently on leave.

Prosecutors argued that paying for shifts jeopardized public safety as firefighters missed training or their colleagues were overworked.

Defense attorneys and the firefighters' union say that's not true.

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