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Edgerton EMS manager charged with drunken driving

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Stacy Vogel
September 18, 2009
— The Edgerton Fire District’s new emergency medical services manager will not be able to drive a department vehicle for three years after receiving a drunken-driving citation, according to a decision issued by the district commission.

David Fonder, 26, started work in Edgerton on June 1. He was issued a municipal citation charging first-offense drunken driving at 1:15 a.m. July 9 in Port Washington, according to a spokeswoman for the Mid-Moraine Municipal Court in Ozaukee County.


He reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21, the spokeswoman said.


Fonder is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Oct. 16, the spokeswoman said. He has pleaded not guilty, he told the Gazette.


Fonder declined to talk about the incident when contacted Thursday.


In closed session July 18, the fire district commission decided Fonder must:


-- Provide proof of insurance to cover injury on the way to and from the station.


-- Not drive district vehicles for three years.


-- Undergo alcohol assessment at his expense and random breathalyzer tests.


-- Obtain an occupational license.


Any other offense during Fonder’s probationary period is cause for immediate dismissal, according to the written decision. The decision said a letter of reprimand will be placed in Fonder’s file and ordered him to inform EMS employees of the situation.


Fonder said the restrictions only apply if he’s convicted of the charge. Commission President David Viney could not be reached for comment.


Fonder said he’s not concerned that the restrictions will affect his ability to do his job. He wouldn’t drive the ambulance anyway because his job is in the back of the ambulance administering medical service, he said.


“What happened has nothing to do with me being an EMT,” he said.



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