Monarch Chief Fired Over Discrimination Found Dead

He was found near his Kirkwood home. He was forced out Nov. 22 after a determination that he and three other command officers had created a hostile work environment for female firefighters.

The body of Fred W. Goodson, a former battalion chief for the , was found near his Kirkwood home on Thursday, according to media reports.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported early Thursday evening that he had died of an apparent self-inflicted wound; the newspaper quoted a news release from the Kirkwood police.

Goodson was fired by the Monarch board on Nov. 22, shortly after an appeals court upheld a ruling against the district awarding , claiming district leadership had allowed a hostile work environment to pervade the department. .

Fox 2 News reported Thursday night that Goodson had started with Monarch in 1975.

His body was found mid-Thursday morning by Kirkwood police and firefighters in a wooded area in the 2000 block of Meadowtree Lane.

The Post-Dispatch reported that Robin Harris, the only one of the three Monarch board members to oppose the firings, called the action "destruction of a career firefighter's life...without due process."

Diane Engle December 10, 2011 at 05:16 PM
The title of this article is inappropriate and disrespectful to his family. No matter the circumstances of his dismissal and death, his service as a first responder should provide him more reverence.
Kurt Greenbaum December 10, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Apologies; it was not the headline that was on the original version of the story, which has been restored. The headline reflects the circumstances and why the case is particularly noteworthy, however, which I believe is important. Thank you for your concern and for taking the time to comment.


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