Syracuse firefighter suspended pending an investigation into hit-and-run

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Syracuse firefighter has been suspended pending an investigation into a hit-and-run  on North Salina Street that occurred earlier this week.

Firefighter Edward Ackerman was suspended without pay, effective March 21.

On Tuesday night, NewsChannel 9 reported that the Syracuse Police Department was investigating the possible tampering of surveillance video confiscated as evidence in Tuesday morning's hit-and-run on the city's Northside.

Sources told NewsChannel 9 that a Syracuse firefighter is among those being investigated.

The city has not specified what Ackerman is being investigated for.

He has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

The surveillance video was taken at the Pastime Athletic Club on North Salina Street, a block from the hit-and-run scene and where the suspect allegedly ditched his car after.

When asked about the firefighter under investigation on Tuesday, Syracuse Fire Chief Paul Linnertz had no additional comments.

The suspect was not on duty as a firefighter during the time of the incident.

The hit-and-run resulted in the firing of an investigator with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, 36-year-old Peter Rauch.

Rauch is charged with leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident and is accused of critically injuring 17-year-old Seth Collier after hitting him with his car around 1:30 a.m.

Rauch is also a part-time Liverpool Police Officer, and will face disciplinary action in that position as well.

The Oswego County District Attorney’s Office will handle the prosecution of the case.

This is a developing story. NewsChannel 9 and will have more information as it becomes available. 

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