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Cobb County police officer, 5 firefighters under investigation for steroids

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The Cobb County Government is investigating claims that six employees may have taken and/or distributed steroids without a prescription.

The investigation, which began during the week of May 20, originally focused on one former firefighter accused of using steroids in 2010.

Additional claims that other firefighters and a police officer could be involved led to further investigation.

The current status of each employee is listed below:

  • Fire department employee for seven years, resigned
  • Fire department employee for 15 years, administrative leave
  • Fire department employee for 22 years, remains on duty
  • Fire department employee for 24 years, administrative leave
  • Fire department employee for 26 years, administrative leave
  • Police department employee for seven years, resigned

"We expect our employees to follow the rules, to set a positive example for those around them and to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct both on and off duty," said Cobb County Manager David Hankerson. "This investigation will let us know how these employees acted, and if they broke the rules."

There are no indications that the distribution or use of steroids occurred on county property, or while these employees were on duty.

Cobb County resident Bill Bailey wants to know what the big deal is. Bailey said these are public employees, not professional athletes.

"They're not doing it to make increases in their pay, where your professional athletes are doing it to keep their job or get more money for it. There is a difference there," said Bailey.

But resident Denise Mortensen said it doesn't matter.

"If it's a steroid, if it's a banned product, it should be banned for everybody," said Mortensen. "It should be across the board, whether it is a firefighter or a professional athlete. The penalty should be assessed for everybody in the same way."

The investigation is expected to continue for the next several weeks. No criminal charges have been filed. The county is investigating it as a personnel matter.

The President of the Cobb Professional Firefighters Local 2563 released this statement:

"We have been informed of the recent allegations made against the Cobb Firefighters. At this time it is an ongoing investigation. We will not make any further statements until the investigation has be concluded."

CBSAtlanta.com will have more information as it becomes available.

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