[cifnmedia] Firefighter Suspended After Being Photographed At Adult Store

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  • Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 01:48:33 -0800 (PST)

Firefighter Suspended After Being Photographed At Adult Store
Second Firefighter Resigns Under Pressure

POSTED: 7:39 p.m. EST December 10, 2003
UPDATED: 7:47 p.m. EST December 10, 2003

Story by The LouisvilleChannel.com 

LOUISVILLE -- A local firefighter resigns under pressure and another is 
suspended after an encounter with a man taking pictures of adult bookstore 

The incident took place Dec. 3 outside the Pure Pleasure store on Fern Valley 
Road, WLKY NewsChannel 32's Andy Alcock reported Wednesday. 

Justin Jones, 18, said he went to the bookstore to apply for a part-time job, a 
story confirmed by the store manager. But instead of getting a job at Pure 
Pleasure, Jones is now in pure agony after being suspended as a recruit for the 
Fairdale Fire Department, Alcock reported. 

"I'm not out stealing, dealing or killing," Jones said. "I'm out trying to make 
a difference, and somebody has to ruin it for me." 

Jones said he's wanted to be a firefighter since he was 5 years old, Alcock 
reported. His home is peppered with reminders of that goal, including a perfect 
attendance award he received as a 14-year-old in a junior program with the Fire 
Department. Most recently, he was a recruit-in-training for the Fairdale Fire 
Department until he was suspended. 

"When they don that Fire Department shirt, the public views them as on duty and 
their conduct has to be above reproach," Fairdale Fire Chief Don Wittry said. 

John Reneer took pictures of Jones and another volunteer firefighter from 
another department outside the bookstore, Alcock reported. According to Reneer, 
the men blasted their siren at him, but Jones denies it. Reneer also said Jones 
offered an obscene gesture. Jones admitted to it, Alcock reported. 

"He was just rude, and I told him I'd listen to him if (he would) reason with 
me," Reneer said. 

Reneer added that Jones then threatened to take his camera away and threw a cup 
of Coke at him while leaving in this car, a claim that Jones denies. 

Reneer has caused controversy since summertime, when WLKY first reported that 
he was photographing adult-store customers and publishing their pictures on an 
anti-porn Web site, Alcock reported. What makes him even more controversial is 
that he's a convicted rapist and sex offender. 

"The guy should not be out of jail to begin with," Jones said. 

Added Reneer: "If they have the legal right to go in there, that's granted to 
them by the Constitution and the statutes, the same Constitution gives me the 
right to take photos if I want to take photos." 

Jones said the case has caused him difficulty beyond the suspension, Alcock 

"I feel real violated about it," he said. "It's slandered my name throughout 
the fire service." 

Please follow WLKY NewsChannel 32 and TheLouisvilleChannel.com for updates to 
this story as they become available. 

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Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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