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WEST NEWTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania volunteer fire chief is being criticized by borough officials for driving his son and the boy’s date to their high school prom in a fire truck.

But West Newton Fire Chief Craig Sanner says he was just trying to do something nice for his son, Dustin, who also volunteers at the department. And, the chief says, the truck was never taken out of service and could have been diverted had there been a fire during the six-mile trip to his son’s high school on April 26.

Officials in the borough about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh acknowledge the chief’s hard work, but were concerned about liability because they pay for the department’s insurance.

Councilman Adam Paterline calls it a “poor decision” and says, “You can’t do that in today’s litigious society.”

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