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Firefighter takes leave over mandate

Vaccinated captain cites moral disagreement with policy

By Benny Westcott

Of The New Era

A top Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District volunteer has taken a six-month leave of absence in response to the state’s requirement that he be vaccinated to serve as a firefighter or medic.

Cascadia Station No. 24 Capt. Wes Strubhar told the SHFAD Board of Directors last week that he had a moral problem with Gov. Kate Brown’s edict that all K-12 educators and health-care workers would be required to present COVID-19 vaccination documentation or otherwise submit a medical or religious exemption by Monday, Oct. 18.

The mandate was issued in response to a...

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