Keeping Faith in First Responders

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A community is still trying to understand the poor judgment of four people they trusted in a scandal involving sexual allegations.

27-year-old Crystle Phillips made allegations of misconduct against four authority figures in Marietta and Washington County.

Sergeant Robert Eddy with the Washington County Sheriff's Department has resigned, firefighter John Brooks and police officer Joseph Hilverding have been terminated, and Marietta Police Sergeant Edward Wright has been demoted to a police officer; all in connection with Phillips' allegations.

But authorities say they're being proactive, and this case shouldn't impact the public's view of local first responders.

"We're addressing these allegations head-on. We're not burying our heads in the sand, and we are taking an active roll in investigating the allegations and handling them in a timely and proper manner," Captain Jon Coppernoll with the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

And some say it's those actions that keeps their trust up.

"Our police and fire departments as a whole, I still have faith in them," Asher Doak, a Marietta resident, said.

"That's what they're here for is to protect us, and I don't think that they should lose faith," Stephen Moneypenny, a Marietta resident, said.


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  • by Roper Location: Planet West Virginia on Jun 20, 2009 at 04:05 AM
    People who defend others or condone this type of behavior are part of the clique and part of the problem's of the good old buddy system. The only true way to eradicate something like this general attitude is change at the top and shake things up from the top down.There is a lack of ethics here and behavior like this needs to be changed and let it known it will not be tolerated. It can be changed, you just need someone that has the guts to make it happen.
  • by harry Location: marietta on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    duh, do you honestly think that ALL of the MFD can't hold an urge??????? You are the one putting them up on the pedestal, not them. We're talking about 1 man and I am all for him losing his job but you are dead wrong when you comment about the entire department in the manner in which you are. You either tried for a job there and didn't get hired or you just have it out for the MFD.
  • by Billie Jean Location: Marietta on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    We must recognize that lust is one of the seven deadly sins. That no man is without Sin. Let he that is without Sin, cast the first stone. Isn't prostitution the oldest profession in history? She is pretty hot. Some of you are anti-uniform, and some of you are just jealous...or both.
  • by John Doe Location: P'Burg on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    We have too many employers providing job security for sexual favors. We have too many landlords reducing the rent for sexual favors. We have too many bartenders selling beer and booze to underage patrons for sexual favors. BUT, we never seem to be able to catch any of them, oh nooo. But now let's have a honest fling while we are wearing a nice uniform, and now that's a crime? Whahhh Whaaah - We all only voted democratic to keep religion out of our personal business! I'm with Charles!
  • by angelfood cake Location: marietta on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    didnt our savior have tempation issues? cast no stones folks....... also, im willing to bet anything that both the cop and firefighter gets their jobs back. Along, with a civil lawsuit. in the end, this really isnt that big of a deal. Move to the big cities, then you can look at this "incident" and laugh. Come on locals, dont be so holier than thou.
  • by Huh Location: MOV on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    Well, "Charlie", I think your attitude says it all. MFD has long been known as an insular group that sees itself beyond the rules of the workplace ethics. What you don't realize is that most employees are able to hold their urges until they are completely OFF work, not on a break or "rest" period.
  • by Jake Location: P'burg on Jun 19, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    Charles you are a moron, dont make excuses for these idiots
  • by Charles Location: Marietta on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    The ability to eat a doughnut or share a kiss, or more- while on break may be bad judgment, but it doesn't affect job performance. Proper Staffing to be able to fight a fire WHEN a fire occurs has nothing to do with whether I am waxing the fire truck or my helmet during my idle time. Fire, Sheriff, Police, all are staffed by human beings, that have breaks, and rest periods. Lunch breaks, potty breaks, coffee breaks. If we fire everyone that pleasured themselves once or twice in the bathroom, there would be no employees anywhere. It was all consensual, mutual fun and games for everyone involved until the line was drawn due to alledged illegal activity on her part.
  • by harry Location: marietta on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    "Huh", get real. Tours are requested by schools and pre-schools for educational purposes. The FD doesn't just have tours to be having them. They are appreciated by the schools and kids love to take the tours. If you haven't taken a tour, you should. The are awesome and the staff puts a lot into them. They are there 24 hours on a duty day. Just like some that work 8 hours a day, they too have family or friends or coworkers that drop in for time to time. There's nothing against the law for that. Don't drag ALL the firemen into one firemans problems. I know for a fact that many of them are family men and have values and morals. Mr. Brooks was not what our FD represents. He is a disgrace to his uniform and profession. These men work very hard and if you live in city limits and have used or ever need their assistance, I can assure you they give 100% in the line of duty. They have done no damage to this town. One man's faults should not be held agains the rest!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    omg can we move on? This is no surprise to me that cops get special treatment and firemen are never known to have a little in the fire house? COME ON! I think is is interesting how the departments were quick to get their side of the story out that she only brought these alligations after learning she was being charged. I believe the pictures are proof enough and they knew it. The departments just want to be sure the community "knows" it was the bad woman that made them do it.
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