Loveland fire chief resigns after DWI charge

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LOVELAND, Colo. — A Loveland fire chief has submitted a request to retire after receiving a drinking charge while on the job this week.

According to the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, chief Merlin Green was given a citation for driving while impaired by alcohol (DWI), after he arrived to fight a fire on Sunday.

After crews put out a basement fire at a local restaurant, Green was reportedly called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

Police said Green failed roadside sobriety tests after responding to the fire, so they issued a misdemeanor DWI.

Regarding Green’s departure, Loveland Fire Chief Randy Mirowski said, “I want to thank Chief Green for his 27 years of service to the fire department and the Loveland community. I also wish him the very best in the future.”

A DWI is less severe than a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) infraction.

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