Deann Eller & Arthur Dean

Firefighters Suspended; Accused Of Making Porn At Firehouse

June 19, 2018 - 3:12 pm
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AKRON, Ohio (WWJ/AP) - Two firefighters in Ohio have been suspended for allegedly making pornographic videos at a firehouse.

Akron officials say Arthur Dean and Deann Eller were both placed on administrative leave on Monday while the city launched an investigation into the matter.

Fire Chief Clarence Tucker says someone told a firefighter last week about the acts possibly being performed on city property. The firefighter reported it to his supervisor, who then told the chief.

Tucker and Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a joint statement that Dean and Eller did not work at the same fire station, but "were known to be in a long-term relationship."

"As leaders of this City and this Department, we find these allegations shocking and distressing to say the least," the statement continues. "The Akron Fire Department is composed of hundreds of committed first responders who comport themselves with dignity, professionalism, and the highest levels of integrity and dedication in their service to the Akron public. These courageous public servants put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the health, safety, and property of Akron citizens and serve as role models of duty and service across our community. These allegations bring unwelcome dishonor and embarrassment to Akron Fire Department and the City of Akron and unfairly discredit the reputation of other Akron Fire officers."

The chief and mayor go on to say that that take their responsibility to uphold the public trust "extremely seriously," and will never condone or tolerate any behavior that violates that trust.

"These allegations in no way reflect on the values of the Akron Fire Department or the City," they added, "and we are devastated that these allegations would distract from the meaningful and important work being done to keep our citizens safe and keep our neighborhoods strong."

At a press conference Monday, Tucker said his department is still investigating. While he declined to identify the firehouse where the videos were apparently recorded, he confirmed some of the content was reported to be made on city property. 

A spokesman for the local firefighters’ union said Eller and Dean have no comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.