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    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A former firefighter was sentenced to
    probation for stealing more than a quarter-million dollars from his
    union while serving as the organization's secretary-treasurer.
    Wichita firefighters weren't happy with the sentence ordered
    Wednesday for their former colleague, Darrin Bruhn, 36, who now
    lives in Texas. The sentence also didn't seem adequate to the judge
    who ordered it. "It's my opinion that prison should be used for
    people like you," Judge Tim Lahey told Bruhn.
    But Lahey said he had no choice under the state sentencing laws
    because the crime wasn't violent.
    Bruhn apologized to the judge and a handful of firefighters in
    the courtroom for embezzling about $270,000 over six years while
    secretary-treasurer of the union. Part of the funds go to help the
    children of firefighters.
    "I fell into a routine of temptation, thinking I could always
    fix it," Bruhn said. "But I fell into a situation where I was out
    of control."
    Bruhn's lawyer, Steve Mank, said his client has earned his
    teaching certificate and is under contract to teach fourth-grade
    special-education students in the fall. Mank said Bruhn has paid
    back about $20,000. His outstanding balance is $250,504.50.

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