Judge Says Attleboro Firefighter Unfairly Fired

The firefighter had been dismissed for allegedly misrepresenting a work-related injury.

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge recently upheld a 2011 decision by the state Civil Services Commission stating an Attleboro firefighter/EMT was unfairly fired in 2009 and must be reinstated.

The three-page court decision (which is attached) was issued last month and appeared this week on the Civil Service Commission's website.

Firefighter William Dunn was suspended and later fired in 2009 after he was seen on video tape working and performing physical duties for his maintenance business while being on paid disability with the city of Attleboro for a knee injury. The Civil Service Commission determined last year that Dunn's injury was legitimate and he was seeking proper treatment in hope of returning to work with the city. Judge D. Lloyd Macdonald agreed.

"The commission reasonably concluded that there was no objective factual basis to the proposition that Dunn, in fact, had misrepresented his condition [to the city]," Macdonald wrote.

Dunn was rehired by the city last year after ordered to do so by the commission, but he remains on disability. His annual salary is $51,852, according to the 2012-13 municipal budget.

This court decision could be further appealed.

Max Opus December 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
This is total BS... thanks judges! Let the "disabled guy" collect his money and still work another job. This is pathetic!
Jimmy Desper December 21, 2012 at 02:13 PM
It's situations like this where it becomes harder and harder to ask the public for a tax increase in area's of need (schools, city development, etc.). Since he's being paid by the city, isn't there anything he can do for the city? I understand that he'll probably never run into a burning building again but can't he do detail work, file paperwork, anything???
Daniel F. Devine December 21, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Why not appeal this case too Kevin? Just raise the WATER & SEWER rates again & use the overage to cover this reinstatement & some of the many appeals & lawsuits the City has LO$T. I guess it's true ~ "You can fool some of the people all of the time".


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