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October 11, 2012

Cops enter Sunbury fire department probe

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Eister said council will be looking at the situation closely.

Persing said the city was unaware of anything happening until Wirth informed officials that a panel of 18 people met and determined there was enough information to contact city police.

Contacted Thursday, Sinko said he had no comment and directed all questions to Rhoads.

Wirth said the bartender is Sinko’s girlfriend and she also received a lifelong ban. Firefighter for three decades

Sinko, who has been a firefighter for nearly three decades, was instrumental in helping flood victims during the September 2011 disaster that hit the Valley. He was among the members of the Sunbury Water Rescue Team honored by former Fire Chief Dean Weirick for its efforts during the flooding crisis.

Sinko also helped the city in 2011 when it needed assistance in raising money for sections of new fire hoses.

Tax filings for the Rescue Hose Company show that Sinko was the treasurer of the company in 2010 and that during its most recent fiscal year, the fire house had gross receipts of $924,945. More than two-thirds of that revenue, $708,000 came from gaming. The fire company reported that it paid out $585,834 in winnings for the year.

The Rescue Hose Company is one of six city companies that make up the Sunbury Volunteer Fireman’s Relief Association.

Each of those companies is responsible for itself and file its own individual tax forms, Rhoads said.

Amerman & Amerman, of Sunbury, prepared the 2010 tax filing for the Rescue Hose and Bruce Amerman on Thursday said he was in the process of filing the 2011 returns, but that paperwork has been delayed while unspecified questions are resolved.

He said it is not that uncommon for such questions to delay such filings.

“I can say I have questions about any of my clients returns,” he said.

Amerman said he does not audit reports, but that forms are due by Nov. 15.

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