Beshears v. Greenwood, City of et al
ORDER granting 6 Motion to Dismiss separate Party Greenwood Fire Department. Greenwood Fire Department terminated. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on May 11, 2012. (sh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
DONALD A. BESHEARS
Case No. 2:12-CV-02023
CITY OF GREENWOOD; GREENWOOD
FIRE DEPARTMENT; LANCE TERRY;
STEWART D. BRYAN; EARL TERRY
Currently before the Court are Defendant Greenwood Fire Department’s Motion to Dismiss
(Doc. 6) and Brief in Support (Doc. 7). Plaintiff has not responded to the Motion, and the response
period has passed. The Greenwood Fire Department contends that it is not a legal entity subject to
suit. The Eighth Circuit has held that municipal police departments are not entities subject to suit.
Ketchum v. City of West Memphis, Arkansas, 974 F.2d 81, 82 (8th Cir. 1992)(“The West Memphis
Police Department and West Memphis Paramedic Services are not juridical entities suable as such.
They are simply departments or subdivisions of the City government”). The Greenwood Fire
Department likewise is not a juridical entity suable as such, but is simply a department of the
government of the City of Greenwood, which has also been named as a Defendant in this matter.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant Greenwood Fire Department’s Motion to
Dismiss (Doc. 6) is GRANTED and Separate Defendant Greenwood Fire Department is dismissed
with prejudice from the instant matter.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 11th day of May, 2012.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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