Seaside dispatcher decertified for viewing photos

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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- A former decorated Seaside dispatcher has been decertified after viewing inappropriate photos on his work computer.

The Daily Astorian reports that (http://bit.ly/u3dlyZ ) Nicholas J. Coker, who received a state public safety commendation for his work during a plane crash in Gearhart, has permanently lost his certification as a police dispatcher.

The Board of Public Safety Standards and Training unanimously voted to revoke Coker's telecommunications and emergency medical dispatcher's certifications Oct. 27, nine months after he resigned "in lieu of termination" from the Seaside Police Department.

The board found that Coker viewed "inappropriate material" while on duty and that he was "untruthful" when asked whether he showed the material to a coworker. As lead dispatcher, he was in a "lead worker" role at the time, according to the subcommittee.