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LV Fire & Rescue recruits’ graduation canceled amid cheating allegations

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The City of Las Vegas quickly addressed allegations of cheating at their fire academy with this short statement from David Riggleman:

"Due to a possibility of cheating, the city has begun a full investigation into what took place during a written exam given to individuals currently going through the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Academy. Because of the ongoing investigation, the academy graduation scheduled for Feb. 14 has been canceled. The city will refrain from further comment until the investigation is completed, except to say integrity is a core value of the city of Las Vegas, and allegations of this nature are taken very seriously."

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman was briefed by her staff about the accusations.

"There was some concern that it might be factual. There was something untoward going on that an investigation was started. I wasn't there, not part of it, but I know we're doing our due diligence to look into it," Goodman told FOX5.

Meanwhile Scott Johnson, president of Las Vegas City Fire Fighters Union Local 1285, said his organization is fully cooperating with the city's Detention and Enforcement Department, the ones handling this case.

"As I understand, it came through the state fire marshal's office," Johnson told FOX5.

Johnson said there were 14 recruits scheduled to graduate Thursday.

The city does pay those recruits while in the academy, but now it said the recruits' employment status will be determined by the investigation.

Meanwhile, the mayor hopes this scandal doesn't give the fire department a black eye.

"My hopes are, of course, that there was nothing there. We have the most phenomenal fire department in the entire country," Goodman said.

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