A Hazleton firefighter who killed a wild turkey while on duty outside a city fire station was suspended in the two communities where he is a part-time police officer.
West Hazleton Mayor Frank Schmidt suspended 39-year-old Kevin Ruby indefinitely, pending a borough council meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Council members will then decide whether to retain Ruby as a part-time police officer, Schmidt said.
A registered letter informing him of the suspension went out in the mail Thursday, Schmidt said, but he had been taken off the police schedule following a Nov. 9 executive session.
Ruby also was suspended from his part-time police officer position in Kline Township for one month, Supervisor Nick Sanko said. Ruby will return to duty the second or third week of December, Sanko said. The suspension was effective Nov. 11, Police Chief John Petrilla said, and concludes Dec. 11.
Earlier this month, Ruby pleaded guilty to killing big game out of season on a citation filed by the state Game Commission and was fined $1,000. Hazleton police also cited him for firing a weapon inside city limits, to which he also pleaded guilty.
Hazleton officials suspended Ruby, who is a paid firefighter, for a week and a half without pay and ordered him to do 20 hours community service for the Oct. 10 incident. Two other firefighters, Dave Fatula and Mark Palumbo, were also suspended and given community service following a disciplinary hearing last week.