WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. — David Prueter, White Springs’ former fire chief, filed a lawsuit earlier this month that claims the town violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act when it fired him.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed with the Third Judicial Circuit court, Prueter was participating in active duty drills with his United Sates Army Reserves unit Nov. 16, 2019, when a fire/emergency occurred in White Springs.

The lawsuit alleges town staff asked Prueter to leave his military unit to be present at the incident.

Prueter claims in the lawsuit that he was then terminated by the town due to not leaving his active duty drill assignment.

Prueter was hired by former Town Manager Stacy Tebo in early October 2019 following an Oct. 4 interview. He was introduced to the town council at its Oct. 8 meeting.

On Nov. 21, Prueter met with interim Town Manager Tommie Jones and Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie. During that meeting, it was made clear by Jones that the town would be moving forward with hiring Kevin Pittman, the town’s former fire chief.

Prueter is seeking more than $30,000 in damages from the town.

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