BURRILLVILLE â€“ 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 Blanchardâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s been more than 10 days and we havenâ€™t heard anything back, so our take on it is that they have ignored the petition,â€ť Blanchard said Tuesday.
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