Cuyahoga County

Former Cleveland firefighter sentenced to probation for stealing hazmat equipment

7/7/2014 12:00:00 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A former Cleveland firefighter was placed on probation Monday for stealing hazardous material equipment from the city and selling it to a scrap yard to feed his drug habit.

Damien Csiszar, a 13-year veteran, told Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia that his dream job of being a firefighter was taken from him by his own bad choices. He resigned from the job last month.

"I deserve everything that has happened to me,'' Csiszar told Matia.

Csiszar pleaded guilty last month to one count of theft, a low-level felony. Matia placed Csiszar on probation for a year and ordered him to pay $4,785 in restitution. Matia also demanded that Csiszar attend drug counseling three days a week and face mandatory testing.

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