Residents speak out on Flora fire chief's resignation

Flora Fire Department's Chief Adam Randle has resigned and some neighbors think Randle is being treated unfairly.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 7:14 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 7:25 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Flora Fire Department's Chief Adam Randle has resigned and some neighbors think Randle is being treated unfairly.

Most people News 18 talked to in Flora have only positive things to say about Adam Randle.

The news was announced at a regularly scheduled department meeting last night.

Local resident Bill McCarty said, "It's not his fault."

It's unclear who is at fault. But one thing for certain is Flora Fire Chief Adam Randle resigned.

One week shy of the one-year anniversary of a fire that killed four sisters in Flora.

A tragedy stirring up controversy about the reason for Randle's resignation.

Some neighbors like Bill McCarty are taking that personally.

"I've known him for quite a while and there's nothing bad to say about him," said McCarty. "Our fire department is only for putting out fires and for trying to save lives and it's a tragedy, the accident that's happened but we're not investigating."

Randle's is the latest in a string of recent resignations.

His father, Dennis Randle was the fire investigator for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

He was in charge of the Flora investigation when he resigned in June.

Carroll County Prosecutor Rob Ives announced last week that he's leaving office at the end of this year: with one year left in his term.

"I think there are some who maybe still blame him for what happened," said McCarty.

Indiana State Police have since taken over both the Delphi and Flora investigations.

They released a statement saying:
"Regardless of who the prosecutor or fire chief may be, the Indiana State Police will continue following all leads related to the Flora fire and Delphi investigations."

"I know people want answers, I would like to have answers but you're looking at the wrong guy for answers, he doesn't know," said McCarty.

And while many in Flora agree with him, some still wonder why he stepped down.

McCarty said, "I think he resigned because of the pressure."

News 18 reached out to the Flora Fire Department for comment and haven't gotten a response.

Along with his position in Flora, Randle is also a paramedic firefighter at the Purdue Fire Department.

Purdue spokesperson Brian Zink confirmed Randle is still full-time there, however, calls to Adam Randle for comment have not been returned.

However, at around 6:30 Wednesday evening, Randle sent the following release out to the media commenting on his resignation:

In light of the negative press and public attention I felt it was best to release a statement regarding my resignation. My resignation as the Fire Chief and as a member of the Flora Fire Department was a personal decision. At this time, my attention needs to be focused on my family and their needs. It is my hope that it is understood that this was a very difficult decision to make. I hope to have the opportunity to once more serve the community that has stood behind and supported Public Safety. It is unfortunate that our small community has endured several tragic events in a short time span. Firefighting and EMS are a profession I care deeply about. I have sacrificed and dedicated countless hours and missed numerous events in the lives of my children.. I believe it is time for me to dedicate myself more to them. The Flora community and Flora Fire Department are still in great and capable hands with my departure. The Flora arson investigation has, and always will, weigh heavily on myself and all other First Responders that dealt with the traumatic scene that night. The investigation is not at all a factor in my decision to resign. It is my hope that one day this case will be solved and justice be served. The Indiana State Police and Indiana State Fire Marshals have an opportunity and obligation to work together to find justice for the family and all first responders involved in the tragic event.

Respectfully,

Adam Randle
Flora Fire Chief

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