Suspended Hartford Assistant Fire Chief Files Lawsuit

Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas and Asst. Fire Chief Daniel Nolan at April hearing (WTNH)

(WTNH) — The battle of words involving a suspended Hartford deputy fire chief and his superiors has taken another turn.  Daniel Nolan has now filed a lawsuit.

Nolan was suspended without pay last week, for criticizing the department’s operations and policies to the media after an April administrative hearing.

It came in the wake of several controversies involving the fire department, including allegations by Nolan of poor communications at a fire that ended in the death of firefighter Kevin Bell last October.  Nolan was immediately suspended with pay for 14-weeks, until Fire Chief Carlos Huertas issued the 30-day unpaid suspension which began a week ago.

Nolan is suing Huertas and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, saying his constitutional right to free speech was violated.

Huertas and Segarra have not made a comment on Nolan’s suit.






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