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Firefighters Resign, Retire After Failing Drug Test
Three Akron firefighters with more than 60 years of dedication
combined failed random drug tests given by the city, according
The three firefighters tested positive for marijuana use,
"Right now it's truly unfortunate," Marcus Moore, senior
district chief, said.
Moore served the Akron Fire Department for 25 years and now he
will be forced to retired from his post at the training
center, WEWS said. He will still get his pension.
"I feel -- to ask a person to risk his life and be
compassionate towards his fellow men ... I feel it's a little
harsh to be thrown to the curb," Lt. Marc Finney of Akron Fire
Finney worked at the city administration building controlling
the Fire Department's budget. He had been with the department
for 21 years before failing the test.
The third firefighter to lose his job after random drug tests
is Bill Barracato. He spent most of his 17 years as a
"Employees as a result of being drug tested of using illegal
drugs will be subject to dismissal," said Ron Oscar of Labor
WEWS said that in the firefighters union agreement, there's
room for argument.
It states employees will be subject to dismissal but
consideration will be given for rehabilitation.
"We're going to continue to argue what we believe is right in
our contractual language -- that the Chief does have
discretion to make a decision to rehabilitate," Lt. Les Gaiser
of Akron Firefighter Local 330 said.
WEWS said that all three men either retired or resigned, so
they lose their chance to appeal to the Civil Service
Commission. Records show that no firefighter has ever won such