The lieutenant of Carroll County Fire and Rescue has been terminated from the job and is now the subject of a Virginia State Police investigation according to multiple sources.
Kenneth Carico was fired from Carroll County Fire and Rescue on July 8 according to Carroll County Interim Administrator Nikki Cannon. While Cannon would not go into specifics, citing a personnel issue, she confirmed that the county did ask for a police investigation.
“We didn’t ask for an investigation of a person,” Cannon said. “We asked for an investigation of an incident that wasn’t directly linked to any one person.”
Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner confirmed that his department was asked to look into an issue relating to narcotics and Carroll County Fire and Rescue, but said he turned the matter over to the Virginia State Police because it involves a county agency. Gardner noted that is standard procedure for the sheriff’s office when a case involves county departments.
“It was not until after we were asked to investigate that we learned of a possible involvement with Mr. Carico,” Gardner said.
First Sgt. Parsons of the Virginia State Police confirmed the matter involving Carico is still being investigated, but offered no specific details since the investigation is still open.
“We have checked into the situation and this matter is an ongoing investigation,” Parsons said. “No arrests have been made in relation to it, so we have no comment at this time.”
Captain Mack Tolbert of the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad said Carico is still a member of Pipers Gap Rescue, which is a volunteer agency in Carroll County.
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