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Shot Milton firefighter is fired for insubordination

Posted by Johanna Seltz  May 10, 2010 10:21 AM

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MILTON -- Citing insubordination and unbecoming conduct, Fire Chief John J. Grant has fired a firefighter who was shot last December in Quincy in what police initially called an incident of road rage.

Firefighter Joseph Fasano, 30, had been out on unpaid sick leave, according to Town Administrator Kevin Mearn.

Mearn said that after Fasano was shot “all kinds of information started circulating” in the press about a previous domestic violence case involving the firefighter. Police also said there was cocaine in Fasano’s car the night he was shot.

“That triggered an investigation by the fire chief,” Mearn said. “He convened a disciplinary hearing and brought in an outside hearings officer. It’s a very serious matter, and the fire chief wanted to make sure he was able to conduct his investigation and have an independent review.”

The report from the hearings officer, which came back early last week, concluded that Fasano had been insubordinate by refusing to answer some of the questions posed by the internal investigation.

The report also found “conduct unbecoming” for a firefighter. That involved Fasano’s arrest in 2007 in Weymouth for a domestic violence charge against a former girlfriend, Mearn said. He said Grant did not know about Fasano’s arrest, and subsequent probation, until it came out in the press after last year’s shooting.

Grant met with Fasano on Friday to give him the findings and fire him, Mearn said.

Fasano, who could not be reached for comment, can appeal his firing through the Civil Service Commission or American Arbitration Association, Mearn said. Fasano joined the Milton Fire Department in September 2005.

The shooting took place shortly before midnight on Dec. 12, 2009, on a ramp at Hancock Street and Commander Shea Boulevard in Quincy, police said.

Police said Fasano was with his girlfriend, who told police the driver of a sports car in front of their Jeep Cherokee repeatedly jammed on his brakes; both drivers stopped and got out of their cars, and Fasano was shot in the chest. The driver of the sports car then drove away, she told police

The car was identified as belonging to Robert O’Connell, whose family developed Marina Bay in Quincy. O’Connell later turned himself into police and was charged with attempted murder, police said. He is scheduled to appear in Quincy District Court on May 20 for a probable cause hearing, according to the Norfolk District Attorney's office.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seelenfam@verizon.net.

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