Firefighter slapped with 60-day suspension for DWI

Randall Black
Randall Black

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin firefighter is off the job until mid-July after being arrested for driving drunk.

Randall Black, 31, was stopped Feb. 4 for speeding along Interstate 35 in Austin. A disciplinary memo says the trooper conducting the stop detected a strong odor of alcohol on Black’s breath.

Part of Black’s 60-day suspension includes completing alcohol abuse counseling and a year’s probation. He’ll also be subject to random alcohol testing when he returns to duty.

Black has been an Austin firefighter since January 2012. City records show he earns $58,000 a year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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