A former Morro Bay Fire captain is fighting to get his job back after being fired, he says, for rescuing a seagull tangled in some power lines.
“I was literally, was shocked,” said former Morro Bay Fire Captain/Paramedic Todd Gailey. “I honestly could not believe it.”
Gailey was let go from Morro Bay Fire Department on Dec. 4, 2018.
“The one worthy of termination stated was directing my crew to rescue a seagull that was stuck hanging upside down from a residential power drop,” Gailey explained.
That happened in May.
In a memorandum sent to the city and Gailey, Chief Steve Knuckles said Gailey was terminated for a number of reasons, including his cavalier attitude toward safety procedures.
In the seagull rescue incident, Knuckles said the captain placed the ladder truck dangerously close to power lines.