Firefighter charged with $9,000 theft



ELLSWORTH — An on-call city firefighter has been placed on administrative leave after police charged him with stealing thousands of dollars from a firefighters organization.

Roger Salley, 46, of Ellsworth was arrested Friday morning and charged with theft (Class C). Police said Salley, who served as treasurer of the Senator Hale Hose Company, “allegedly embezzled $9,009.68 from the organization.”

The membership of the Senator Hale Hose Company consists of all full-time and on-call members of the Ellsworth Fire Department, according to the department’s website.

The organizations often work together to plan and fund raise for events such as the Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention that was held recently.

Since the discovery of the alleged thefts earlier this month, Salley has paid $9,000 of the money back, according to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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