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Former Glen Ellyn Firefighter Charged with Theft

David W. Garmoe allegedly stole more than $260,000 from the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company from 2004 to early 2011.

Today the DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced that a former Glen Ellyn volunteer fireman has been charged with theft and other crimes for allegedly stealing more than $260,000 from the

David W. Garmoe, 54, of Glen Ellyn is facing eight counts of theft, two counts of continuing a financial crimes enterprise, one count of financial institution fraud, one count of money laundering and two counts of forgery.

In February 2011, officials with the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company discovered a discrepancy in the Company’s bank account. An investigation into the matter, led by the Glen Ellyn Police Department, revealed that since approximately 2004 through February 2011, Garmoe, who served as the Fire Company’s Treasurer for the past twenty years, allegedly wrote unauthorized checks to himself and his business from the Fire Company’s bank account.

“For several years Mr. Garmoe allegedly took advantage of his position as Treasurer for the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company,” Berlin said in a statement released to the press today. “He allegedly cooked the books to benefit himself at the expense of those who had trusted him. I want to stress however, that the charges filed today are in no way a reflection of the good men and women of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company or the Glen Ellyn Fire Department.

Garmoe, who was taken into custody this morning without incident, will appear in Bond Court this afternoon at 4 p.m. in courtroom 2002.

M May 13, 2011 at 05:54 PM
I just received my donation form last week for the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company. The top line of the form reads in bold letters, "You count on us; can we count on you?" I thought I could count on you, but not now! This has been going on for over 6 years and nobody knew about this? Disgusting and unreal!
Jamie Martin May 13, 2011 at 10:52 PM
I hope, as a community, we don't let the alleged unfortunate actions of one member spoil the incredible service record the all-volunteer department has provided to our community for over 100 years. This group provides so much service to our community, beyond what most people even realize, for nothing more than they joy of serving Glen Ellyn. Please don't let one apple spoil the bunch!
j May 14, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Well said Jamie!
j May 14, 2011 at 04:38 PM
M, You ignorant and shortsighted FOOL !!!! I hope to God, YOU, your neighbors, friends or relatives who live in Glen Ellyn never require the services of the brave men and women of this fine organization. Who unlike you, unselfishly give, Give and GIVE back to the community, repeated, reliably and courageously in the best interests of others rather themselves. Whom I'm sure, even if they knew who you are, and where you lived, would show up at your or your loved ones door step TODAY, and provide you the same professional, committed and caring services they have been providing for over 100 years to this community! And God forbid that day should ever come that you need to dial 911, I as fellow member of the community, who has supported this organization and community for 49 YEARS and will continue to do so as long as I live here, would EXPECT YOU to PAY on a Time and Material basis (which btw starts at $250/hr for emergency services) for any such services rendered to you at time. For if you didn't, wouldn't you be stealing too? Hmmmm. In fact what you should be thinking about, saying and doing is INCREASING your donation to HELP, perhaps you could donate your own time to GET involved, instead of choosing to ignore the problems and issues facing this community.
j May 14, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Perhaps you have legal skills, which YOU could offer, FREE of charge to the community, to help prosecute the offender and/or recover the loses we have all suffered, so this incident does not COST the community further. Perhaps YOU have skills in internal controls, auditing, finance or accounting, were YOU could share at one of the monthly village hall meetings (staffed by other volunteers of our community), and share your knowledge, wisdom or expertise on how to prevent a recurrence within the community organizations. From all the accounts and information I have been able to find, the fire company didn't steal your money, a scum bag stole OUR money, and the money from the residents of Glen Ellyn! What angers me are people like YOU who don't get IT and don't get involved to do something about it. I'm going to do whatever I can to prevent anyone else from doing it again, AND do whatever I can to beat people down like YOU who really don't give a damn about anything other than themselves! Take a look around you M. How fortunate and blessed are we to live in a community as great as Glen Ellyn! That just doesn't happen by magic, it happens because of members of this community and your neighbors who are more like the fire company than like YOU. Get a CLUE. Better yet, get involved, or shut your trap and move out of town!
Samantha Liss May 14, 2011 at 04:49 PM
All right, folks, I appreciate your enthusiasm and desire to comment on our stories but I encourage you to use your real names. It helps keep conversations civil and respectful. J, please refrain from name calling. I think we can all get our point across and challenge others without degrading them. If I deem a post inappropriate I do have the authority to take it down. But let's not let it get to that. Patch is a place where we can all talk about issues that matter to us in a constructive way. Thanks again for chiming in and enjoy your weekend.
Julie Farrell May 16, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Jamie hit the nail on the head with this one. It wasn't the fire company (yes, entirely volunteer) that stole anything. It was one man, who was trusted and (as we know now) improperly so. The fire company that we have in unlike MANY others. Everyone I talk to outside of GE has no idea that we have an all volunteer operation and is seemingly impressed when I explain it to them. Keep on truckin' firefighters of GE....and thank you for what you do!

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