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Polk Co. fires three Fire Rescue managers over sex scandal

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

There are three fewer fire rescue managers on the job in Polk County.  The chief fired a woman and two men for having sex inside the operations center.  Polk County Fire rescue has been rocked by a sex scandal involving three of their own.

Chief Dave Cash with Polk County Fire Rescue said, "this is not a great day for Polk County Fire Rescue to say the least we are saddened by this I am personally saddened by this as the chief we look forward to maintaining our excellent standard of service to the citizens of Polk County."

The three Polk County Fire Rescue managers were fired after an internal investigation revealed they were involved in a sexual relationship while on duty.  Chief Dave Cash added, "they all realize that they were in the wrong and regret the actions that occurred."

According to investigators Battalion Chief Trampas Fletcher and Medical Supervisor Mike Tomlinson both had sexual relations with Medical Supervisor Shelli Krauklis inside the county's fire operations center.  The report also revealed the three used county issued cell phones to set up those encounters.

Chief Dave Cash said, "these were good employees they did some very foolish things and we have had to deal with that,.of course there is a level of disappointment amongst all of the staff and the field employees but we will move forward and continue to provide excellent coverage."

Chief Cash says at no time... were the citizens of Polk county in jeopardy... because of the actions of the trio.  "Of course, all of these employees are aware of the standards that we are held to and should be held to as public servants and part of their job was to enforce those standards among their subordinates.", said the Chief.

A fourth Fire Rescue employee, Deputy Chief Michael Choate was given a seven day suspension without pay for sending inappropriate texts on his county issued cell phone.

All involved can appeal the action taken by the county.

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