Horry County Fire Rescue facing third firefighter lawsuit in nine months

A former Horry County Fire Rescue lieutenant is suing the agency because the fire chief wouldn’t fulfill a promise to rehire him after his criminal charges were dismissed, according to recently filed court papers.

Everette Long, who worked for the agency for 13 years, resigned from his post in July 2013. Long contends in court papers that Chief Fred Crosby told him he would rehire him after his criminal case was resolved.

Crosby declined to comment Thursday.

The charges stemmed from a dispute over a USB drive that Long’s former in-laws claimed he had stolen, according to the lawsuit. Court papers indicate the drive contained revealing photos of the sister of Long’s ex-wife.