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Wilmington's fire chief carrying a gun
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 4:57pm

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Wilmington's fire chief is now carrying a gun.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong explains why.

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Chief Anthony Goode tells WDEL News it was recommended that he carry a pistol several weeks ago.

"I actually started carrying a weapon three or four weeks ago, and it is as a result of some information that was received through different departments, like the police department, the attorney general's office. It's not so much of an issue of my safety as a whole, as it is when I am actually working out on the streets and doing different things, it's because I do participate in a lot of our code enforcement efforts," he said.

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Goode was involved in crackdowns on three makeshift clubs run by the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club.

Other employees in the city's fire marshal's office have been carrying guns for years for code enforcement work, but Goode says his decision to carry a gun won't lead to all Wilmington firefighters being armed.

He says it's unfortunate, but code enforcement work is sometimes dangerous and the marshals, and he, have to protect themselves.

In December, a gunman shot and killed two firefighters responding to a blaze in upstate New York. Last month, a gunman in suburban Atlanta took several firefighters hostage.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)



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