Editor’s note: This story originally stated that Mr. Templeton was a Beckley firefighter when he was actually a firefighter with the Bradley Volunteer Fire Department. The story below has been updated.
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)– A firefighter was arrested on November 1, 2021, after shouting and not following courthouse mask rules.
According to the criminal complaint, Anthony Templeton arrived at the Raleigh County Judicial Annex for a hearing. Upon entering, Templeton shouted that he did not need a mask and that he had a doctor’s note excusing him from wearing a mask.
“Anthony Templeton was walking through the front door as the Bailiff was speaking and shouted he didn’t need a mask. The bailiff stated that he had to have one to get into the building,” the complaint said.
Templeton told the bailiffs that he had a doctor’s note that said he didn’t need to wear a mask. He shouted and continued to shout expletives at the bailiffs. One bailiff told Templeton to leave the courthouse. According to the complaint, Templeton said, “F*** you, arrest me then because I’m not leaving.”
The piece of paper Templeton had did not state that he could not wear a mask.
“It only states that he was being treated for Asthma and another medical condition by a doctor at Access Health,” the complaint said.
The bailiff also contacted the doctor and he said that he didn’t recall writing Templeton an order to not wear a mask. The bailiff then arrested Templeton and took him to a holding cell. He was charged with Obstructing an Officer and Disorderly Conduct.