Paris Fire Chief Resigns Amidst Allegations

The city of Paris is looking for a new fire chief after the former one steps down.

Kent Morris resigned Monday afternoon amid several charges against him.

In exchange for his resignation, the city dropped the charges.

Morris says he feels like he did nothing wrong, but he was tired of fighting the allegations against him.

"It's too much on my family," Morris said. "It's too much on me, it's not worth all of this.

Paris officials charged Morris of using an ambulance for personal reasons.

Officials say he used the ambulance to transport his wife's ex-husband to a hospital last month. Officials say that caused a rift in the Paris Fire Department.

"I did it," Morris said. "I went and picked up somebody and took them to the hospital, and I went on to church like I always do. If that's wrong, so be it."

City officials say the transport wasn't documented until several weeks later, which is inappropriate.

Last year, officials accused Morris of misusing funds, as well as misconduct at the fire department.

"I'm not going to sit here and bash nobody," Morris said. "That's not me. I'm not going to sit here and call out names and say I've been mistreated or that I'm mad at somebody. There was a process that took place, and we went through it. And it's done, and we'll all move on."

Paris city officials did not comment on Morris' resignation.

The city may appoint an interim fire chief, while a nationwide search for Morris' replacement is conducted.


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  • by Finally Location: Kentucky on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    Well, I hope everyone knows that Jim is back to work.
  • by Fire Family Location: Paris, KY on Mar 29, 2008 at 06:31 PM
    My father was a fireman, he drove a big red truck And when he'd go to work each day he'd say "Mother, wish me luck" Then dad would not come home again until sometime the next day But the thing that bothered me the most was the things some folks would say A fireman's life is easy, he eats and sleeps and plays, and sometimes he won't fight a fire for many, many days When I first heard these words I was young to understand But I knew when people had trouble Dad was there to lend a hand Then my father went to work one day and kissed us all goodbye but little did we realize that night we all would cry My father lost his life that night when the floor gave way below And I wondered why he'd risked his life for someone he did not know But now I truly realize the greatest gift a man can give is to lay his life upon the line so that someone else might live so as we go from day to day and pray to God above Say a prayer for your local fireman He may save the ones you love
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: PKY on Mar 21, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    Has a new chief been named yet? I have been out of town.
  • by Paris Fire Wife Location: Paris, KY on Mar 20, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    I get on this site almost everyday and read the negative comments about PFD. And I am tired of it! My husband just like every other FF on this dept puts his life on the line every day to keep you & your family safe! These men & woman don't make alot of money, as a matter of fact most work 2 & 3 jobs to survive. Plus as long as they are in Bourb. Co they have a duty to act regardless of whether they are on shift or not. My husband has missed spending holidays with our children to once again, keep you safe. Each morning my husband leaves I know there is a huge chance he may never return. Why...to keep you safe! These FF's weren't "out to get" Kent, he did it to himself. For those of you who choose to bash PFD you should be ashamed!! As a matter of fact, if these FF's are so awful, why don't you drag your lifeless bodies over the county line if you have an emergency! Am I angry? OH YES! My husband is proud to serve this county, and you should be both thankful and proud to have them all!!
  • by AC Location: Paris, KY on Mar 20, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    There are many times that these FF leave their meals to take a call. Somedays they have little or no food their entire shift. To Watcher & LOL...say they do bring in food to the station. Do you think they finish what they are cooking and sit down and eat if a call comes in? Depending on the call they could be gone for hours. Do you expect them to come back and eat food that has been sitting there all that time? Would you eat spoiled food? No you wouldn't & they shouldn't be expected to either. As a matter of fact if you are so busy watching, the next time you see them go out during dinner time perhaps you could have their dinner waiting on them when they get back if you are that worried about them spending money on fuel to go get food. You obviously know nothing about Fire/EMS. You both should probably educate yourselves more on the ways of these areas before you start making comments and making yourselves look like morans!
  • by PK Location: Bourbon County on Mar 19, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    A neighbor of mine was recently involved in a car accident. I was at a local eatery when it happened and saw the Paris Fire Dept eating. They just got their food when they were sent to this accident. Thank you so much for being there. The next time I see this happen I plan to pay for their meals. I encourage all residents to show their appreciation to our firefighters all across the county. Lets do a random acts of kindness toward the people who risk their lives for all of us.
  • by CC Location: Paris on Mar 17, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    To LOL and others like him/her who say I don't want to pay for meal breaks etc..... and to repeat what AC said....you all out there griping that you don't want to pay for meal breaks I assume you also don't want to pay for sleep time, so, don't have a car accident, heart attack or catch your house on fire during the alloted meal breaks and at night after 10pm. All car accidents, medical emergencies and fires are suspended between the hours of 10pm and 7am and during those meal breaks.
  • by WKYT Viewer on Mar 17, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    Charlie Humphries I want to thank you so much for sharing your opinion. Your point about what emergency employees are paid for really hits the mark and will hopefully bring some of the arguments within this blog and the community into perspective.
  • by AC Location: Paris, KY on Mar 16, 2008 at 05:47 PM
    To LOL...if you don't pay for these firefighters to eat dinner, fine! Then they need a 30 minute break every 4 hours like every other job. Boy, I sure hope you don't code during break!
  • by JCG Location: Here and There on Mar 16, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    WKYT Channel 27 has provided this blog as a forum for it's viewers to discuss news stories. Unfortunately, some bloggers have been exhibiting threats and reporting they are engaging in stalking behavior against those within the news story and PFD. Continuing an open forum for these individuals to feed upon may not be the safest thing for those being targeted. I recommend that WKYT viewers abandon this blogging site. Maybe doing this would help to deter these individuals from escalating their threats and stalking into violent and illegal actions against those involved. Hopefully the local and state police departments have identified these individuals and have begun to monitor their actions.

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