Black Forest Fire Chief Claims PTSD

By: Kristin Haubrich Email
By: Kristin Haubrich Email

Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey announced he is taking a medical leave of absence due to PTSD.

Harvey made the announcement to the fire board Wednesday night.

Harvey says he will see a doctor. He says he has PTSD after three events in his life which include the Black Forest Fire, the investigation into the fire and recent elections of the fire board members which ousted the majority of incumbents.

Chief Harvey was part of an independent investigation after Sheriff Terry Maketa blasted him about how he handled the Black Forest Fire last summer. That independent investigation, funded by taxpayers, later revealed he did nothing wrong. Harvey has been with the fire department for a year and a half. We're told the chief will be paid while he is on this medical leave.

Residents at the meeting told 11 News they don't think he'll return to his job, and that this is his way of leaving gracefully.

The assistant fire chief will now step in as the interim chief.

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