Citizens rally to reinstate Kingfisher Fire Chief

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KINGFISHER, Okla. - Hanging from a helicopter, Kingfisher Fire Chief Randy Poindexter saved lives in 2007 and won the Medal of Valor.

Tuesday, a room full of residents are hoped to save his career by speaking up at the city council meeting.

"He's not only done a lot for Kingfisher, he's worked a lot throughout Oklahoma," said Denise Reinart.

Reinart volunteers for the Oklahoma State Fire Association and was stunned to hear City Manager Dave Slezickey fired the man.

Some say Mayor Jack Stuteville has a grudge against Poindexter and influenced the City Manager to release the Fire Chief.

"I think a lot of these stories have been blown out of proportion," Mayor Stuteville said at the council meeting.

"You would think that because you're involved up to your teeth in this," yelled out on resident.

"I think you and you and you need to step down out of your offices the way you're running Kingfisher," said another woman.

The city manager won't say why he fired Poindexter.

"This is an employee issue. There's federal and state laws that govern that, and it's not that we do not want to make any comments," said Slezickey. "We're prohibited from releasing infomation."

Poindexter is appealing the decision. His legal documents say the city manager made unreasonable rules reading, "Mr. Slezickey demanded that Chief Poindexter ask him for permission first," before responding to certain emergencies. The documents also say the city manager fired Poindexter for "improper performance."

The appeal papers say Poindexter did his job well and so do people who call him a hero, like Barbara Aldridge.

"Randy Poindexter was the first one to my house to administer CPR to my husband," said Aldridge.

"I think Randy needs to be reinstated that would be the best for Kingfisher Fire Department, the best for Kingfisher County and the best for Oklahoma," said Reinart.

Now he'll have to battle the city before he can get back to battling emergencies.

Attornies are expected to set a date for the appeal hearing before Friday.

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