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CT Firefighter Fired Over Acid Incident

Associated Press

February 15, 2011

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — A veteran Bridgeport firefighter charged with dumping poison acid onto his neighbor’s water line has been fired.

Fire Chief Brian Rooney says Edward Voccola “brought discredit” to the department and was fired for violating the city’s ethics code as well as city rules.

The Connecticut Post reports that the 52-year-old Voccola, a 22-year veteran, was placed on paid administrative leave following his Sept. 5 arrest by Shelton police for attempted criminal assault on a person over 60 and reckless endangerment. He is free on $25,000 bond.

Authorities say Voccola had ongoing problems with his neighbor and at one point poured poisonous and highly corrosive muriatic acid on his water supply fittings.

Neither Voccola nor his attorney could be reached for comment Monday.