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Community reaction to Fire Lieutenant arrested on drug charges

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - This week's drug arrest of a lieutenant with the Corning Fire Department is generating a lot of reaction. 

Members of the community are surprised that a first responder - someone who should be fighting against the epidemic - could have possibly been contributing to it.  

According to the Chemung County Sheriff's Office, the ten-month-long investigation into the sales of heroin in the Town of Horseheads leaves 43-year-old Thomas Margeson behind bars.

His salary according to seethroughny.net shows he was making over $76,000 a year. 

"Not only is his salary a fair amount, but the fact that taxpayer money funded somebody like this, who's involved in such a heinous type of behavior, it's really shocking to me as a member of the community," Anna Czarples, an area resident, said. 

"That's crazy," Brad Sick, another area resident, said. "That's too bad a public employee got wrapped up in that."

"It's just sad that somebody in that position would even put themselves there to just hurt the community altogether," Former New York State Police Investigator Stewart Field said. "It's just a sad, sad thing for the fire department and for the local people here in Corning."

Margeson is suspended without pay. Fields says this move is the norm compared to termination until he is found guilty - if found guilty. 

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