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Akron firefighter seeking treatment after heroin arrest

Beacon Journal staff report

A Summit County judge is considering whether to grant an Akron firefighter’s request to seek treatment in an effort to have his felony heroin case dismissed.

Firefighter Mark A. Hoffman, 27, remains on leave from the department while his criminal case is pending in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

A grand jury indicted Hoffman on felony heroin-possession charges after his arrest in December.

Police said Hoffman was medically revived after collapsing inside his home from an apparent heroin overdose.

City safety workers said they found the firefighter on the kitchen floor. Hoffman was still in uniform after ending his work shift and was not breathing, police said.

Police recovered an unspecified amount of heroin, along with a needle and spoon used to prepare the drug for injection, authorities said.

Last month, Hoffman’s attorney, Michael Callahan of Akron, filed a motion on the firefighter’s behalf seeking permission to obtain drug treatment, which if successful, could lead to the charges being dismissed.

Such motions are commonly granted to first-time drug offenders.

Judge Alison McCarty approved Hoffman’s request to be assessed for entry into the drug treatment program.


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