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Memphis firefighter charged with heroin possession

James Anderson (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) James Anderson (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

A Memphis firefighter may be battling more than just fires after he was arrested on a series of drug charges.

James Anderson, 45, has been suspended with pay after he was found with heroin.

"Who do we trust now?" asked retired Shelby County Sheriff's deputy and concerned citizen Jennings Bernard.

According to police, Anderson was found unconscious after a possible heroin overdose.

A witness told police she saw Anderson with a syringe in his lap and a bottle cap. She later told police he had on a Memphis firefighter T-shirt.

Anderson was taken to the hospital and was arrested later.

Police found two packages or heroin and syringes in Anderson's car.

"When they take an oath, they must uphold that oath," Bernard added.

Anderson has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intention to sell.

Bernard says this is an example of how public servants can break promises and burn trust.

"When you deny that trust that we have given you, then I have a serious problem with it."

A spokesperson for the Memphis Fire Department confirmed that Anderson, a 13-year veteran with MFD, has been relieved of duty pending an investigation.

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