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Court Upholds Firefighter Firing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that the city of Huntington was within its rights when it suspended a Fire Department captain in 2004.
The court overturned a Cabell Circuit Court ruling that ordered the reinstatement of Earl F. Legg Junior. Legg was suspected by his superiors of altering a drug test he was ordered to take.

Mayor David Felinton said the ruling also saves Huntington from significant financial costs in the form of back pay to the firefighter, who was suspended without pay in April, 2004.

Legg, who was a Huntington firefighter for 15 years, received
two Medals of Valor for saving occupants from burning buildings.

Huntington is now awaiting the high court's opinion on its
termination of another firefighter who was suspected of using
drugs.


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