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Cop's plea for fight fireman.

Byline: By MAGGIE BARRY

A POLICEMAN injured by a drunken fire chief during a brawl yesterday pleaded for him to keep his job.

Michael Goodman, 37, of Lauder, Berwickshire, faces the sack from Lothian and Borders Fire Rescue Service after struggling violently with four police officers following a rugby tournament.

Sergeant Calum Macdonald, who suffered ruptured shoulder ligaments after being pushed to the ground, said he shouldn't be sacked for "two minutes of madness".

Goodman, crew chief at the Crewe Toll Fire Station in Edinburgh, has placed his home on the market in case he is fired, Selkirk sheriff court heard. He was ordered to do 100 hours' community service after pleading guilty to police assault, resisting arrest and breach of the peace. Sheriff Kevin Drummond said: "No doubt those considering disciplinary measures against you will take into account the generous response by the police officer."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 13, 2008
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