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.

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