Wealth & Poverty Review Steve Hickey Takes Leave of Absence Following YouTube Exposé

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Embattled King County Fire District 47 Commissioner Steve Hickey announced Friday evening that he’s taking a leave of absence. Multiple sources tell me Hickey is accused of abusing his power on the job and using station equipment to grow his social media profile.

Hickey’s Behavior at Emergency Scenes

A first responder says after showing up to an emergency scene, Hickey “does a triage, requests a motor vehicle accident response, and then goes back to his car and live streams on TikTok before fire even arrives, leaving his patient with PD that he just triaged.”

Investigation with Tyler Oliveira

All of this comes to light after YouTube journalist Tyler Oliveira and I launched an investigation into Hickey’s alleged “squatting” in a Ravensdale house. He’s also accused of construction hustles claiming dozens of victims.

Multiple Complaints & Lawsuits

Due to multiple complaints and lawsuits, Hickey can no longer run his construction company in WA State unless he pays everyone back and re-applies for a license to operate. All of this information is public record.

Tyler Oliveira’s Full Investigation

Tyler Oliveira’s full investigation featuring Hickey alongside serial squatter and deadbeat tenant Sang Kim.

First Responders Coming Forward

King County Dist. 47 Commissioner Tracy Styles says they are taking this investigation into Hickey very seriously. Multiple first responders are now coming forward to talk about Hickey’s questionable behavior on the job. Now we know how he gets access to the scenes so quickly. All for social media clout.

How Often Has He Abused Power on the Job?

Thanks to an astute viewer pointing this out, it does appear Hickey does blow through a stop sign. Not sure if that’s a King County Fire vehicle but it did have special plates. Not a good look. Some are wondering how often he has abused his power on the job.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.