Former Montgomery firefighter Kenneth Bolling wants his day in court.
The longtime fire employee — along with former firefighters Ted Clark and Kyle Blake — are suing the city of Montgomery. The former MF/R employees are bringing three separate cases related what they say were forced resignations for several issues, including discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract and due-process violations.
The suits reveal "a major problem that the Montgomery Fire Department has ... The organization, the lack of morale," said attorney Julian McPhillips, who is representing Bolling and Clark. He compared the department to recent reports of dire staffing conditions within the Alabama Department of Corrections.
"They have to risk their lives and sometimes work extra hours, get no sleep. It's just a shame because this city deserves to have the best," McPhillips said.
Kim Fehl, the Montgomery's lead attorney, declined to comment on the cases, citing city policy not to comment on ongoing litigation.