BACS Honorable Mention: BRFD Captain Shane Spillman


While it’s normal for a firefighter to sometimes get wet on the job, Baton Rouge Fire Department Captain Shane Spillman apparently enjoys getting wet before getting behind the wheel when he’s off duty, too.

State Police arrested a noticeably impaired Spillman – who happens to be president of the Baton Rouge Association of Firefighters Local 557 – on March 1 at 11:20 p.m. after a trooper reportedly saw him swerving and crossing the centerline on Hwy. 73 near I-10 in Prairieville.

The graffiti in the Ascension Parish Jail reads, “The Captain was here “¦ Again “¦ And again.”

Spillman was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on counts of 2nd-offense DWI and improper lane usage after refusing a breath test. Nothing but 20 years worth of smoke would’ve likely come out, anyway.

When Captain “Morgan” Spillman bonded out the next day, Ascension Parish Jail officials somehow failed to notice an active bench warrant issued for Chief Firewater in 2011 after he failed to appear for a court hearing related to his first DWI arrest in 2009.

We can only hope that a Baton Rouge Fire Department captain and head of the local firefighters union responds to emergency calls better than he responds to court summonses.

After realizing their mistake more than a week later, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office went to Spillman’s St. Amant home and re-arrested him on Tuesday. Once again, he was released from the Ascension Parish Jail later that night after paying a $100 fee to reschedule the original 2011 court appearance he never showed up for.

Apparently, the graffiti in the Ascension Parish Jail reads, “The Captain was here … Again … And again.”

According to BRFD Fire Chief Ed Smith, firefighters must have a valid driver’s license, something Spillman apparently lacks after State Police took his following his March 1 arrest. In the meantime, we can only assume that the resident station dalmatian will be driving the firetruck.RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop

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