Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tobias Lucero and Deputy Chief Lorenzo Montoya have been suspended from the fire department following allegations of that they handcuffed and struck another volunteer firefighter with a crowbar. According to the victim the supervisors have taken advantage of volunteers before and threatened firefighters if they told anyone.
State police and San Miguel County Fire Marshal’s Office launched an investigation after the firefighter complained. A woman is reported to have witnessed the incident, which occurred on Monday, June 6, 2011.
Deputy Chief Lorenzo Montoya told reporters that the allegations were not true.