A Freewood Acres fireman is facing charges including official misconduct and theft for allegedly using the department’s gas pumps to fill his own car.
John "Jack" Donahue, 52, of Point Pleasant was indicted on two counts of third degree Official Misconduct when he is believed to have used the pumps in June 2011, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Donahue also faces two disorderly persons counts.
Detective Sgt. Eileen Dodd of the Howell Police Department said the department had concerns about the high amount of gas usage and the camera on the gas pump had been moved on more than one occasion. When a second camera had been moved to film the pumps, Donahue was seen moving the first camera and then putting gas in his car.
Dodd said in 2001 Donahue was convicted for theft in excess of $10,000. While details of the case were not available, the victim of the case was listed as the Freewood Acres Fire Company. As a result of the case, Donahue had to forfeit his job as a paid fireman in Bayonne.
Donahue is the brother of Freewood Acres Fire Chief Billy Donahue and First Assistant Chief Bobby Donahue. Their father is also a former chief of the department.