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Firefighter arrested on charges of providing booze to teens during Hurricane Matthew

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Jan. 12–A Gainesville Fire Rescue firefighter was arrested Wednesday on five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child after teens said they were given beer and wine coolers Oct. 10 when school was closed due to Hurricane Matthew, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Jamal Ahmad Hafiz, 32, is a former Orange Park resident who worked for Clay County’s fire department before moving to Gainesville, according to his arrest warrant and court records. He was jailed on $25,000 bail, according to his arrest report.

Detectives began investigating the case when one girl told her mother that she had been invited to a friend’s house where a “friend who is a firefighter” brought alcohol to the house “for everyone,” the arrest warrant said. She then partook in a drinking game and she passed out after having six beverages. Investigators also spoke to other teens who said a man brought over a case of beer and some kind of fruity drink, some saying his first name was “Jamal.”

Investigators searched several social media sites after checking Clay County records for a firefighter with that first name and located an address. Hafiz turned himself in on the warrant, according to his arrest report.

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