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October 24, 2014

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Henderson Police fires officer whose vehicle was destroyed

A Henderson Police SWAT officer driving a department vehicle that caught fire after he struck a median has been fired, officials said.

Justin Simo’s employment was terminated Monday because of “serious policy violations” related to the incident, Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers wrote in a statement.

The fire happened in late February and led to the total loss of the department vehicle, which was consumed in flames at an apartment complex when firefighters arrived.

“I must have confidence that our officers will follow all policies and procedures designed to protect city property from avoidable damage, and that ensure officer safety and the safety of the public,” Moers wrote. “I am relieved that no one was injured in the incident; however, we must be responsible for our actions and be held accountable to the public we serve.”

Moers did not specify what parts of department policy Simo violated.

Simo may appeal the decision per his due process rights in the collective bargaining agreement, officials said.

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  1. He was fired for one reason only, because the media found out about the incident/coverup and publicized it.

  2. This clown definitely deserves to be fired, but I suppose the message is it's worse to damage city property than to kick diabetics in the head.

    Let's hope ex-Officer Simo isn't able to weasel his way back in.

  3. Good move. Still think applicants need a different sort of psychological testing--to weed out the macho Rambos and the self-absorbed insist on doing it my way types. There has to be something wrong with the hiring process when so many uniformed public servants have so little regard for anyone else. Seems like the firing process is working.

  4. He should also be ticketed and stand trial for reckless endangerment and destruction of public property. The police are not above the law. At least Henderson is showing this with actions unlike Metro.

  5. too bad there isn't a toxicology report. This guy was drunk or high.

  6. This guy was either too stupid or too lazy to be a cop, maybe both.

  7. Well that didn't take long , I know I know , it had to be investigated and then the findings had to investigated and in the meantime the the cop who's as dumb as a crayon is on paid leave. So by the time this is all over it will cost the city another 50k in paperwork and arbritation fees and his paid time off. Ohh it's ok it's tax payers money after all.