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West mayor: They're still heroes despite troubling autopsy results

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West Mayor Tommy Muska is unfazed by this report. (Source: WFAA/CNN) West Mayor Tommy Muska is unfazed by this report. (Source: WFAA/CNN)

WEST, TX (WFAA/CNN) - Autopsy results for three heroic firefighters who were killed in the West, TX plant explosion are raising some tough questions. The mayor says the results indicate they should not have responded to the fire.

The report shows heroic brothers Douglas and Robert Snokhous of West had blood alcohol levels well above the legal limit. Douglas' blood alcohol level was .12, Robert's, .158.

West Mayor Tommy Muska is unfazed by this report.

"I truly think they are all still heroes," said Muska. "This doesn't diminish my opinion of them in the least."

Another firefighter from Abbott, Gary Chapman, had marijuana in his system. The mayor says all three by law should not have responded.

"It's city policy that you don't get in a fire truck if you have been drinking, you don't really even go to the fire," said Muska. "They should not have gone to the fire, but I don't know how you are going to pull them off because they are the first ones to go there."

West has no written code about operating under the influence, but a rule by the international association of fire chiefs does. It's a "zero-tolerance" standard about the use of alcohol by members of any fire or emergency services agency/organization at any time when they may be called upon to act or respond as a member of those departments.

"It doesn't bother me if they were off duty, but if they were on-duty yeah it would have," said Christina Morin, a West resident.

The mayor urged the victims' families to not read the autopsy report.

"I don't need to read them, there's nothing in there I need to read, there's nothing in there the families need to read, there's nothing that's going to bring those guys back," said Muska.

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