CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Chambersburg Civil Service Commission in late May upheld the suspension of a paid firefighter accused of engaging in conduct “unbecoming of an officer,” according to a copy of the commission’s order.
Shift Capt. Patrick R. Martin had appealed his 240-hour suspension, but the three-member commission denied the appeal in an order dated May 25.
Martin’s suspension was tied to an October 2011 letter in which, as president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1813, he asked members to refrain from providing volunteer firefighting services in the borough of Chambersburg. The letter referenced the borough’s intentions of reducing the number of its department’s salaried firefighters.
IAFF Local 1813, Martin and union Vice President Scott McNew are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the borough of Chambersburg.