Wisconsin: FRAT HOUSE or FIRE HOUSE? Who was hosting the party at the Village of Sussex firehouse? Firefighter Tom Gerstner busted for DUI after wrecking fire truck

Frat House or Fire House?
Firefighter arrested for DUI after he crashed fire truck into car – go get’em Sparky!


The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office responded, but they called in the State Patrol because of a potential conflict of interest since the village of Sussex contracts out their police services to the Sheriff’s Office.

The responding trooper could smell alcohol on the firefighter’s breath. The firefighter blew a 0.08 and failed several field sobriety tests.

The fire chief released this statement to WISN 12 News saying in part, “We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior by any member. We support the legal process. I want to confirm we are very proud of our dedicated members and the service to the community that they have provided the past 94 years. This is a personnel matter and I’m not at liberty to say any more.”     ….MORE


CBS 58


A Village of Sussex firefighter is on leave after being accused of driving drunk during the village’s Memorial Day Parade.

He was arrested after driving a fire truck into another car.

The crash involved a Village of Sussex Fire Department vehicle and another legally parked civilian vehicle.

Wisconsin State Patrol

According to Wisconsin State Patrol, Thomas Gerstner was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol Waukesha Post for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 1st offense.

It was also determined that Gerstner was operating without a valid driver’s license due to its expiration in February.

CBS 58 also spoke today with fire chief corky Curtis about the incident.

He released a statement saying:

“When I was made aware of the situation, I confirmed with the Village Administrator that I Immediately placed the individual on leave. Tom Gerstner has been a dedicated 19 year member of the department. “He will remain on leave until the issue is resolved.” The fire chief tells me this firefighter has no history of behavioral problems. He is due in court at the end of the month.


Village of Sussex Fire Department Officers

Fire Chief

  • Colin “Corky” Curtis

Deputy Chief

  • Tony Emanuele
  • Greg Zoellick


  • Tom Gerstner
  • Jerrad Ihlenfeld
  • Andrew Wilson
  • Boyd Thew


  • Brian Maggelet
  • Andrew Heisler
  • Ardith Gribble
  • Shelley Greenwald

The Village of Sussex might want to put this sign in front of their firehouse in Wisconsin.  060116