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A Fall River firefighter has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a police investigation into his alleged placement of false 911 calls, Fire Chief John D. Lynch said Friday.

Kyle Cusick, 33, who has worked for the Fall River Fire Department for three years, allegedly made roughly 16 calls in the past year reporting fictitious fires, Lynch confirmed in an e-mail to the Globe.

“This is an extremely serious matter and if found to be absolutely true, serious consequences will be dealt to Mr. Cusick,” Lynch said.

Cusick’s suspension was first reported by the Herald News of Fall River.

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A spokesman for Fall River police said he could not comment on an open investigation.

Fire officials were tipped off to Cusick’s alleged connection to the false reports when three calls were made in the week before Christmas, according to Lynch. Cusick was placed on leave during the first week of January.

Kyle Cusick, 33, a three-year veteran of the Fall River Fire Department, allegedly made roughly 16 calls in the past year reporting fictitious fires, Lynch confirmed in an e-mail to the Globe.

“This is an extremely serious matter and if found to be absolutely true, serious consequences will be dealt to Mr. Cusick,” Lynch said.

Cusick’s suspension was first reported by the Herald News of Fall River.

A spokesman for Fall River police said he could not comment on an open investigation.

Fire officials were tipped off to Cusick’s alleged connection to the false reports when three calls were made in the week before Christmas, according to Lynch. Cusick was placed on leave during the first week of January.


Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox. Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.

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