Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Suspended Without Pay For Media Remarks

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford deputy fire chief who’s been on paid suspension for 14-weeks has just been slapped with an unpaid suspension over remarks he made to the media after an administrative hearing in April.

Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Nolan learned Thursday that Fire Chief Carolos Huertas is punishing him for neglect of duty, disobedience of orders, and absence from duty.  Nolan had testified April 16th before a panel looking into a string of incidents, including the on-the-job death of firefighter Kevin Bell.

Nolan was critical of the department’s command structure and communication in his testimony. Afterwards, he was ordered to return to work and not talk to the media. Nolan refused, and continued his criticisms in media interviews.

The newly-ordered suspension of Nolan is for 30-days, and began on Tuesday. According to the Hartford Courant, Nolan has said he intends to file a grievance to fight the penalty.



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