Chicago Fire Fighter Attacked by Superior Officer for not Following “Code of Silence”

Chicago fire lieutenant charged with misdemeanor after fistfight at fire station, authorities say

By: Tony Briscoe            Chicago Tribune

March 29, 2018


A Chicago Fire Department lieutenant faces a misdemeanor charge after he punches his colleague, John Copeland, in the face at a Far South Side fire station, according to authorities.

Chicago fire Lt. Leonard Johnson, 53, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor battery after an argument with a 52-year-old male firefighter descended into a fistfight, according to a Chicago police spokeswoman.

Around 8:30 a.m., Johnson and the firefighter were involved in a dispute at a fire station where they both work in the 1700 block of West 95th Street in the city’s Beverly neighborhood, police said.

Johnson, who has worked for the Fire Department for about 20 years, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Law, where he was treated for a cut to his knuckle.

The incident is under investigation, though Johnson has not been suspended or placed on leave, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford said.