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Knife fight

South Bend firefighter Jordan Jostes is being fired for having a knife at work, and we're talking Crocodile Dundee ("Now, THIS is a knife") proportions:

Jostes, in a written report filed a few days after the knife was discovered, wrote he brought the knife because the duty manual banned firearms and he wanted to have something available for self-defense.

But the duty manual actually bans both firearms and weapons — and the definition of "weapon" is likely to be a central discussion in the safety board's decision.

 Jostes, under questioning by attorney Chip Lewis, told the board that he always considered knives — all knives — as tools, not weapons. He said he began carrying a pocketknife as a young child and, at age 9, began sleeping with a knife under his pillow after being scared by the movie "Jurassic Park."

"I generally carry one on me," Jostes said. "But it's not a weapon, it's a tool."

A tool is involved here, but I do not think it is the knife.

Posted in: Hoosier lore


Fri, 09/03/2010 - 3:03pm

The solution is simple: In addition to the knife, he should carry a fork. That way he just looks ready for dinner.