Female Firefighter Fired After Having Sex With Lt.

OSWEGO, Ill. (STMW) – A west suburban fire department’s only female firefighter was terminated on Friday for having sex with a lieutenant on site at the fire station.

Oswego Fire Protection District firefighter and paramedic Shannon Hillgoth, of Montgomery, admitted to sexual activity with a lieutenant between March and mid-August of this year, according to attorney Shawn Flaherty, the hearing officer and lawyer for the fire district.

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On Friday, the Fire District held a disciplinary hearing to decide her fate with the district, where she has worked since June 2008. Hillgoth could have received a 30-day suspension or no punishment at all, but the Board of Fire Commissioners voted unanimously to terminate her.

Flaherty said the lieutenant involved in the allegations resigned a few weeks ago.

The misconduct investigation began when an outside party raised allegations at the end of August, Flaherty said.

Although the lieutenant was not named during Friday’s hearings, the attorney said he, like Hillgoth, was hired full time in June 2008. The two were among 54 people hired at that time.

Three people testified in the hearings: Fire Chief Brad Smith; Lt. Robert Towery, who was subpoenaed on Hillgoth’s behalf; and Hillgoth.

Hillgoth was told in the hearing that the decision is not final until a written document is reviewed and signed by the fire board.

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  • law suit

    How come they did not terminate the guy? Is this going to be a discrimination law suit for firing her and not him?

    • dailyreader

      he already resigned..

  • dailyreader

    Why didn’t they smear the name of the Lt through the mud like they did hers?

  • Bob Giordano

    Wouldn’t a stern reprimand have been sufficient? Maybe a couple days off?
    She gets fired and loses her career, her benefits and gets a big black eye on her work history.
    He resigns and probably keps everything.
    The supervisor involved should bear the brunt of this indescretion, not the underling.

  • Vicky

    It was all her fault, of course.

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  • fedinand


    Shannon Hillgoth, 29, Waterman was arrested and charged with domestic battery. Being unable to post the necessary bond, Hillgoth remains lodged in the DeWitt County jail pending a court appearance.

    the ”affair” ended in august.. the same time the domestic battery arrest was made.
    unless there are more shannon hillgoths running around, it seems the arrest came to attention of the employer, and led to a investigation that resulted in more problems when the issues behind the arrest were revealed..

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