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Man fired for recording speeding Dubuque school van

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The man who recorded video showing an area school district employee going nearly 90 miles an hour, is without a job.

Jay Shipley was driving near Interstate 380 last week and caught a Dubuque School District van going nearly 90 miles an hour with five students inside.

"I would be devastated if I saw this, and didn't report it or didn't take action," said Shipley.

Shipley took action by recording the speeding van, he was suspended from his job at TruGreen Lawn Care Services in Cedar Rapids for nearly a week, and Tuesday he was fired.

"I asked him what policies [were broken], he said 'well holding a cell phone and driving,'" said Shipley. "I said well that's no different than your drivers holding cigarettes and driving. People need to be held accountable for their actions. I as well need to be held accountable for my action, I feel that a suspension was just, termination's pushing it."

Shipley is a single father of a 7-year old.

He admits he was driving the company car and on company time while recording the video, but says when it comes to children this needed to be done.

"Companies need to be able to look past certain procedures when it involves protecting valuable lives such as children," said Shipley

TruGreen general manager says company policy prohibits them from giving specific details on personnel matters.

However Amy Simpson, the corporate communications director says: "I can say that the safety and welfare of people in communities we serve is of the utmost important to us and we take these matters very seriously."

"Putting a single father out, without a job. The most important thing is our children," said Shipley

Shipley says a week before he recorded the video, one of his coworkers were ticketed for going 20 miles over the speed limit, but says they weren't suspended or terminated.

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