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Chris Sullivan is a DC Fire & EMS Department firefighter who has made the news a number of times in his career and not necessarily the good type of news. This time he received national attention with a viral video picked up by TMZ Sports. It showed Sullivan off-duty at Nats Park as ushers tried to remove him from a game. It didn’t go well and DC Police arrested Sullivan for simple assault. News reports indicate Sullivan has been banned from the park for five years. Sullivan, who is also known by his nickname “Hookman”, told WUSA9.com’s Scott Broom the usher was the aggressor (more below).
In a statement, DC Fire & EMS indicates Sullivan was already on administrative leave with pay when the arrest occurred:
The actions witnessed in the video are absolutely unacceptable. Our department was notified on September 27, 2022, that an employee of our agency had been arrested and charged with simple assault by Metropolitan Police. Prior to this incident, the individual was on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of an internal personnel process. He will remain on leave as our internal investigation into this matter continues.
In 2009, Sullivan was testifying before the DC Council with others from the department about unfair disciplinary actions and procedures under Chief Dennis Rubin. Sullivan had to be gaveled down by a council member for making what some saw as threatening remarks directed at Rubin. Sullivan told STATter911 at the time that he saw Rubin and his command staff laughing in another part of the hearing room while Sullivan testified about the impact on his son.
Rubin eventually terminated Sullivan, who then appealed his firing. When Kenneth Ellerbe came in as fire chief he brought Sullivan back. Ellerbe reversed a number of personnel actions and policies instituted by Rubin. It wasn’t long before Sullivan was publicly critical of Ellerbe’s policies.
In 2017, DC Fire & EMS issued a statement about Sullivan after reporters asked about his Facebook comment concerning the suicide death a year earlier of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department Firefighter Nicole Mittendorff..
It’s not known what, if any, action was taken by DC Fire & EMS.
Here’s more on the Nats Park incident from Scott Broom at WUSA9.com:
Sullivan told WUSA9 he entered the lower section near the Braves dugout to look for a friend with season tickets. While there, Sullivan said he heckled Braves player Marcell Ozuna, which drew the attention of guest services workers.
Sullivan claims the workers were the “aggressors.”
“If he had not interacted with me I would have been on my way,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan responded to an email from WUSA9 saying:
“For the record, the Nationals park employee who’s being reported as the victim is called a guest service representative (a fancier name for an usher) and I can assure you it’s not in his job description to place his hands or body on any fans.”