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KTBS 3 News Exclusive: Personal photos from SFD Station 8

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Much has been said about the Shreveport firefighters at Station 8 and their alleged misconduct, but personal photographs and a SFD award may show a different side of the story.

Attorney Peter Flowers says he's heard hours of stories about his client Clint Richardson's relationship with the two men Richardson previously considered friends but who investigators now call victims.

The stories involved dinners together, visits to the firefighters homes, afternoons four-wheeling, and trips to hunting camps. Flowers says most of the excursions occurred on the firefighters' dime.

"Mr. Richardson has never, ever done anything intended to be cruel, humiliating, or otherwise hurtful to either one of the men," Flowers says.

In 2012, Flowers says the firemen at Station 8 were honored with the Fire Chief's Award for their relationship with the disabled men. In the photo from that night, Chief Mulford stands at the podium and Richardson is in a row behind Mulford with the two disabled men by his side.

Flowers says these are proud moments caught on camera. They're the kind of photos you take with your friends and family, not someone you'd taunt or tease.

Billy Glass, Derrick Harris, Clint Richardson and Jason Vaughan face one count each of principal to prostitution and cruelty to the infirm.

Police say the men paid a woman to have sex with a mentally disabled man in the Station 8 bathroom on June 14. Investigators say the same man and another were also subjected to hazing and pranks for a period going back years.

Glass, Harris, Richardson and Vaughan were all terminated by SFD from their positions Aug. 30. All four are appealing that decision to the Shreveport Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board.

Capt. Randy Chandler was place on paid administrative leave after he was charged with one count of cruelty to the infirm.

Flowers called the allegations against his client in court documents "inaccurate, exaggerated" and says in at least one place investigators confused the victims with each other.

In the end, Flowers says the two men who Station 8 adopted will be victims but not for the reason police presume.

"They're going to be in the exact same circumstances they have been for years, expect those people that they really depend on to take care of them, [who] worried about where there they are, and made sure they're ok... those people are all going to be gone because those people are the firefighters," Flowers says.

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