Veteran Austin firefighter suspended after drunk driving arrest

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A veteran Austin firefighter with 29 years on the job is now out of a job after a drunk driving arrest in May.

A city disciplinary memo shows Firefighter Mark Madison, 52, was arrested after a single vehicle traffic collision. Arresting deputies noted Madison, who city employee records show earned $112,000 last year, refused a roadside sobriety test.

Austin civil service rules dictate Madison’s alleged behavior runs counter to department standards of behavior, thus Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr indefinitely suspended Madison. He has a right to appeal, the memo shows.

City records show Madison has served with Austin’s Fire Dept. since 1985.

Travis County court records show a Mark Christopher Madison has an August 18th county court date for driving while intoxicated. 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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