AFR fires 2 firefighters charged with second-degree rape
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two of three Albuquerque Fire Rescue firefighters have been fired following an internal investigation after they were charged with rape.
44-year-old Anthony Martin, 32-year-old Angel Portillo, and 46-year-old Aden Heyman were charged after a woman claimed all three raped her at an apartment back in July.
Anthony Martin retired once he, Heyman, and Portillo were put on administrative leave.
AFR terminated Heyman and Portillo Wednesday for violating department polices.
All three suspects are out of jail until trial with conditions.
AFR Fire Chief Emily Jaramillo sent the following statement:
“Albuquerque Fire Rescue holds our firefighters to the highest standards of conduct both on and off duty. We have a zero tolerance for unethical behavior. Our handling of this matter was transparent, unbiased, and timely, resulting in terminations after a thorough internal investigation. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the actions of these former employees. AFR will continue to earn the trust of the community we serve and want to emphasize that the actions of a few are not reflective of the exemplary work our firefighter perform each day.”