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City of Columbia Fire Captain Arrested

By February 12, 2016December 31st, 2016Press Releases

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Suspect: Jeffrey D. Rish (DOB: 10-22-1977)

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announces that a City of Columbia Fire Department Captain has been arrested after being accused of inappropriately touching a co-worker.

Jeffrey D. Rish (DOB: 10-22-1977) is charged with Second Degree Assault and Battery.
Rish turned himself in to CPD Investigators today. In court, a judge set Rish’s personal recognizance bond

at $5,000.

Rish is accused of inappropriately touching a male firefighter on October 6, 2015 while working on Blume Court. The victim reported the allegation to CPD on January 27, 2016.

According to City of Columbia Fire officials, Rish is a 16-year veteran of the Department and was most recently assigned to Station 12 located at 6810 North Main Street.

Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says, “Rish has been placed on investigatory suspension pending the outcome of his charges. As the Columbia Police Department (CPD) is investigating, it would be inappropriate to discuss the investigation and all inquiries concerning Rish’s arrest should be directed to CPD. I would like to assure the citizens of the City of Columbia and Richland County that this does not reflect the character, dedication and professionalism of the men and women of the Columbia Fire Department.”

Rish was booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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