BAXTER SPRINGS — The Joplin Globe is reporting the names of the three firefighters who were released from the Baxter Springs Fire Department nearly three weeks ago.
According to the Globe after filing an open records request, it was released that firefighters Brandon Bailey, Jimmy Younger and Matt Page had all been fired.
The Advocate was aware of the allegations against Bailey, Younger and Page last week, but withheld the names pending the results of the investigation into accusations of looting in the wake of the May 22 tornado in Joplin.
Fire Chief Les Page has been placed on administrative leave.
The Advocate contacted Page to ask about the release of the names. Page said he was unable to comment.
According to a release from Baxter Springs Mayor Jenifer J. Bingham, the firefighters were released for conduct in “disregard of departmental policies and conduct in the aftermath of the May 22 tornado.”
As of press time no arrests have been made or charges filed in the case.