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Schenectady firefighter suspended following burglary arrest

Schenectady firefighter suspended following burglary arrest

A Schenectady firefighter who has spent time out on medical leave is now suspended without pay after
Schenectady firefighter suspended following burglary arrest
William J. Tietz

A Schenectady firefighter who has spent time out on medical leave is now suspended without pay after his arrest recently on burglary charges, authorities said Friday.

William J. Tietz, 33, faces two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, and one count of petty larceny, a misdemeanor.

Tietz is accused of breaking into two separate residences in Niskayuna the morning of Sept. 5, taking about $2,000 total, prosecutor Michael DeMatteo said.

DeMatteo said the two residences are related to the same person, a person Tietz knew.

Police arrested Tietz days later and he remained held Friday on $10,000 bail, records show.

Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett Friday confirmed Tietz’ status as a firefighter. Tietz is currently suspended without pay and administrative charges are likely, Bennett said.

Tietz’ attorney John Seebold declined to comment on the case Friday.

The case is the second time in a year Tietz has been arrested. Out on medical leave in November 2015, police in Scotia charged him with drunk driving and violating an order of protection.

He was accused of driving drunk and crashing on Vley Road just before 11 p.m. Oct. 27. He was injured in the crash, police said, and paramedics took him to Albany Medical Center, where he was later released.

He was also accused of violating an order of protection filed in a previous case by being in the presence of the woman who requested the order on the evening of the crash, police said at the time. That order came in response to allegations Tietz damaged the woman’s belongings and harassed her over the summer of 2015.

Tietz has been a firefighter for the city since at least 2010. He and another firefighter received a medal for rescuing a girl from a McClellan Street blaze that July, records show.

Reach Gazette reporter Steven Cook at 395-3122, scook@dailygazette.net or @ByStevenCook on Twitter.

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