Fire District at Risk of Losing Insurance

New at 5A Western Washington Town could soon be without EMS insurance, meaning their fire department will not be able to do their jobs. Thank you for joining us. I'm Monique Minglobin. And I'm Aaron Wright. We've reported on this situation in Matlock since 2022, when a state fraud investigation found a Mason County Fire Chief and her secretary misappropriated $200,000 in public funds. County Row 7's Jake Chapman is live in Matlock in Mason County. And Jake, the clock is ticking on the fire district's insurance. It really is Aaron and Monique, because after midnight, if nothing changes, this department right behind me. They can't do their job, meaning they cannot respond to any emergency services whatsoever. But there is one way for this tip for this district rather to get their insurance back. That is, if those two fire commissioners connected to this fraud investigation step down. But with all that being said, those two commissioners don't plan to do that whatsoever. So we're going to suffer. Things are tense in Mason County. Fire District 12's EMS insurance is nearing its end, meaning emergency crews in the district won't be able to respond. And while nearby fire districts have agreed to help out, people like Julia Bogushee have their concerns. It will be longer will. We won't be getting the service we've paid for and and need. The two people at the center of all of this are Fire Commissioner Cinda Compton and Kelly Wallsworth. Can you please stop interrupting? Those two have ties to a 2022 fraud investigation from the state auditor's office. Because of that, no insurance provider will cover them. During an emergency meeting earlier this week, the district was presented something that could save it. If they step down today, there's a really good possibility we won't have a lapse. When both were asked if that was a possibility, if it was done illegally, there would be charges. So nice try. Neither one was having it. So my question wasn't for you to step down. My question was why do you not want to step down? And I said, I'm not entertaining your question right now. What's the reason for not stepping down? Or are are you willing to step down? No. Why do I need to step down? I've done nothing wrong. And as the clock ticks on this district's coverage, replies get down. Do something for the community. For once, commissioners like Nick Jones hopes Compton and Walsworth listen to the public and the community doesn't want you guys around and you know it It It would be best for you to just leave as the public hopes their coverage will stay. Without full information, we don't know how to act. We don't know how to protect ourselves. We did reach out to Fire Commissioners Compton and Wallsworth about the situation. I did get a response from Wallsworth. She told me she had no comment at this time. And once we do hear from Commissioner Compton about the situation, we'll let you know both on air and on this story on our website cairo7.com. Live in Matlock, Jake Chapman, Cairo 7 News.

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