Secaucus Firefighters Accused Of Tormenting Gay Couple Won’t Be Putting Out Blazes Again

Charles Snyder Sr., Charles Snyder Jr. and Charles Mutschler — the three Secaucus firefighters accused of tormenting a gay couple in 2004 by throwing rocks at their home, which led to the city losing a jury trial in 2008 and forking over
$2.84 million in damages and $2 million in legal fees — will not be rehired by the city, the Secaucus Town Council ruled Monday after “heated debate,” which included a galley full of gay activists and supporters. The trio resigned in August 2008 at the height of the allegations; Peter de Vries and Timothy Carter filed a civil suit claiming the firefighters harassed them in their home, which was nearby the firehouse. The move comes after Charles Sr. was promoted this time last year — by a council vote — to be superintendent of the Public Works Department.

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  • scott ny'er

    Those firefighters cost that town almost $5mil. When public servants are involved and cost the city money, I say the public servants should also be responsible to pay the cost of the ruling. Cops, firefighters, armed forces… they get a free pass on these types of behavior.

  • elendilnl

    I fully agree with Scott NY’er!!!

  • Shannon1981

    I hope they never work in public safety of any kind again. Pretty clear that they don’t want to protect ALL citizens. Just the straight ones.

  • ewe

    @scott ny’er: Then atttempt to disassemble “immunity” and “plea bargaining.” Those two protections should be outlawed.

  • ewe

    This is good news that they will not be reinstated but is Charles Sr. still the superintendant of the Public Works Dept? That sounds like a promotion if you ask me.

  • Cam

    Promoting that guy is an old trick, they knew he might be “Retired” so by promoting him it up’s his average pay for his last few years and then his pension payouts go up.

    They cost the city 5 mil and were tormenting the citizens they were supposed to protect.

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