Broward County Circuit Judge Keathan Frink ruled Thursday that the decision issued by an arbitrator in the case of two sheriff’s deputies who were fired in the wake of the 2018 Parkland massacre should be upheld and the pair should be reinstated.
BSO deputies Brian Miller and Joshua Stambaugh will be owed backpay plus any sick time and vacation time they might have earned had they not been dismissed.
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony fired Stambaugh and Miller in 2019 but arbitrators ruled to reinstate them in 2020 saying their due process rights had been violated.
The pair reportedly earned more than $100,000 each in 2018.
Brian Miller was said to have remained in his vehicle upon arriving at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018 following reports of an active shooter inside one of the buildings.
Miller, a sergeant, claims he didn’t issue an order for deputies on the scene to enter the school where the shooting was in progress because the county radio system crashed due to it being overloaded.
Deputy Joshua Stambaugh reportedly took cover behind his vehicle shortly after arriving on the scene and then left five minutes later to assist with traffic control near the Sawgrass Expressway.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office states they intend to fight the decision.