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Firefighter cited for disorderly conduct
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Forsyth County News
A Forsyth County firefighter is under scrutiny for his alleged conduct over the weekend while off duty at a local restaurant.

Anthony Martarella, 29, of Meeting Street was arrested early Saturday by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and charged with one count of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

He was released from the Forsyth County Detention Center after posting $605 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said supervisors have met with Martarella, who has continued to work this week, to discuss the situation.

Martarella was off duty and not in his uniform when the incident occurred.

Fire Chief Danny Bowman released a statement saying that he takes any misconduct by firefighters on or off duty “very seriously.”

“I, just like the public we protect, hold our troops to a higher standard and expect professional behavior from all personnel at all times,” Bowman said.

“This matter is under review and any actions taken internally will be conducted in accordance with Forsyth County guidelines.”

A sheriff’s report shows that authorities responded about 12:15 a.m. Saturday to reports of a man with a gun at Firkin and Crown restaurant on Peachtree Parkway.

The man, identified as 28-year-old Anthony Travis Wren Jr., was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

Wren’s license had expired. He apparently had removed his shirt, showing the gun in his waistband.

Wren turned the loaded weapon over to authorities without incident.

A witness told deputies she saw another man, later identified as Martarella, throw a beer at Wren, who then tossed a flashlight at the firefighter but didn’t hit him, according to the report.

Deputies then saw Martarella chase another man out of the business and swing “wildly” trying to hit him.

Another woman told authorities Martarella was yelling at people inside, made derogatory statements toward her and then shoved her.