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2 Sodus Point firefighters no longer with department

Sodus Point, N.Y. Two weeks ago, two firefighters with the Sodus Point Volunteer Fire Department were arrested in Old Forge, N.Y. for breaking into and destroying property at a water park.

Eric Frisbie, 29, of Sodus Point and Jacob Williams, 26, of Williamson, were charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Petit Larceny. The Town of Webb Police say that on Saturday, September 14, the two men forcibly entered the Enchanted Forest Water Safari. It was closed for the season at the time.

The men allegedly entered the concession stands and stole food, damaged arcade games and an animated band that was more than 30 years old. One of the men also defecated on the floor of the building.

Frisbie and Williams were in Old Forge with their fellow Sodus Point volunteer firefighters for the annual Firefighters Drill School. Hundreds of departments gather at the event in Old Forge each year to get additional training and learn more from firefighting schools. Its also a time for firefighters to socialize with each other and with other firefighting colleagues in other departments.

According to Eric Frisbies brother, John Frisbie, Eric and his cousin, Jacob Williams are no longer a part of the Sodus Point Fire Department after the allegations.

John Frisbie was also arrested that same weekend. The day after the destruction at the water park, local police got a tip that Eric and Jacobs could be found at the Daikers Inn, a local bar. John was also there.

The cops walk into the bar and start asking for IDs, John explained. I start being a smarta**. I start saying, What do you want IDs for? You can't come in here asking for ID's. We have rights. I'm going to video tape you. I grabbed the phone right off the table and then, I got maced.

John says he fell to his knees and cooperated immediately. He says he understands why police had to use pepper-spray on him.

I was being a smarta** and I'm a bigger individual, he said.

John says he was issued an appearance ticket for Obstructing Governmental Administration.

Despite his own actions, John said he was not, in any way, trying to protect his brother or prevent him from getting arrested. In fact, had he known what Eric and Jacob were accused of doing, he says he would have turned them in himself.

We all hang out together, John said. We do things together. We all holler, scream and hoot but none of us break stuff or go into stuff. That's inexcusable and I don't want anything to do with it. I don't want to be tied with my brother and [Jacob] and what they did up there. Sodus Point Fire Department has nothing to do with their actions.

According to John Frisbie, Eric and Jacob Williams are no longer with the fire department.

13WHAM reached out to Sodus Point Fire Chief Mark Jones and all he would say is, the situation has been taken care of but would not elaborate on what that meant.

The mayor of Sodus Point declined to comment without seeing a police report. When 13WHAM News contacted Eric Frisbie, he did not want to comment and Jacob Williams could not be reached.

Both men were released from Herkimer County Jail after posting $15,000 bond and they will return to Webb Town Court in October.

John Frisbie says he is suspended from the fire department for the next six months pending the outcome of his case. He is set to appear before a judge in October.

 

 
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