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Lawsuit Pits Comair Flight 5191 First Responder Against City

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Lexington, Ky. police officer Bryan Jared, and Blue Grass Airport officers James 'Pete' Maupin and John Sallee attend a news conference in Lexington, Ky. on Monday, Aug. 28, 2006.

A Lexington police sergeant praised for his role in saving the lone survivor of Comair Flight 5191 is now filing a whistleblower suit. "This city, this state came together, all within a couple hours," Sgt. Bryan Jared remembered in a WUKY interview about the 2006 disaster.

Now, the man who helped rescue co-pilot James Polehinke from the burning wreckage in 2006 is filing suit against the city, claiming his supervisors retaliated against him after he spoke up about alleged sexual harassment within the police department.

The department reportedly investigated the claims involving four officers – three women and one man – and closed the case. But Jared says his actions resulting in discipline and an involuntary transfer to another sector. That sector includes the site of the 5191 incident.

Named in the suit are: Mayor Jim Gray, Police Chief Mark Barnard, and two Lexington police commanders.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports court records show an otherwise spotless disciplinary record for Jared, who has been with the department for 17 years.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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