In the wake of the attack on the United States Capitol last week, people on social media have combed over a number of pictures from the event, leading some to accuse a Conneaut firefighter of participating in the violence.
One picture showed a man wearing a knit cap embroidered with the letters CFD and the name Sanford on it, leading some people to accuse Conneaut Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Sanford of participating in the violence, including one person who called the Star Beacon offices on Thursday.
Conneaut City Manager Jim Hockaday released a statement on Thursday denying that Sanford was involved and calling for people who accused him to apologize.
“Despite what some on social media are implying Conneaut firefighter Steve Sanford was not in Washington, D.C. at the Capitol on Jan. 6,” Hockaday said in an emailed statement. “We ask that those who have posted this erroneous information to social media delete the posts and/or issue an apology.”
Sanford declined to comment on this story.
In Pennsylvania, a man named Robert Sanford, who recently retired from the Chester Fire Department, was arrested on Thursday on charges that include assault of a police officer, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, civil disorder and unlawfully entering the Capitol.
The charges against Robert Sanford are not related to the widely publicized attack on Officer Brian Sicknick, who also was attacked with a fire extinguisher during the siege and died.
Robert Sanford is due in federal court in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, but authorities said the case will be prosecuted in Washington.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.