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Fired Pascoag firefighter to sue

June 6, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – The Pascoag Fire District Board of Commissioners has denied a petition request to reinstate Pascoag Firefighter Edward Blanchard, who now says he has no choice but to file a lawsuit.

A petition demanding Blanchard’s reinstatement was hand-delivered to the Pascoag Fire District Board of Commissioners on Friday, May 23. Signed by more than 120 supporters, the petition had asked the commissioners to schedule a special public meeting on Saturday, June 7, for the purpose of reinstating Blanchard, a lieutenant with the department who was fired by the commissioners on April 8 after being charged with alleged insubordination and distributing personnel records.

Blanchard is also a member of the Town Council.

“It’s been more than 10 days and we haven’t heard anything back, so our take on it is that they have ignored the petition,” Blanchard said Tuesday.

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Call and Saturday's Times.

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