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Fireman Who Gave Billy Joel a Lift Faces Discipline Charges

March 27, 1994| From Associated Press

CLEVELAND — The leader of a city fire-rescue squad faces disciplinary action for giving an unauthorized lift to Billy Joel.

The singer was involved in a minor traffic accident March 17 on his way to a concert at the Richfield Coliseum, about 30 miles outside of Cleveland.

A fire rescue squad, led by Lt. Robert Readinger, responded to the call about the accident and Readinger agreed to give Joel a lift.

City officials say the squad, one of only four available for all of Cleveland, made an unauthorized run outside city limits.

The squad initially told a dispatcher it was taking a patient to a hospital, but later told the dispatcher where it was really headed, city Safety Director William Denihan said.

Readinger, who was notified of the charges Thursday, could receive a reprimand, suspension, reduction in rank or dismissal.

The lieutenant could not be reached for comment Friday.

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