Suspended firefighter gets back on the job
Marissa Yaremich, Register StaffApril 10, 2003
BRANFORD — Dante Ghiroli, the local firefighter and paramedic whom town officials suspended without pay in February for allegedly falsifying his paramedic training records, was back on the job Tuesday.
"He is currently authorized to be a paramedic," said Kathleen Shea, associate director of the New Haven Hospital Sponsor Program. "All of (his) records have been verified. He is up to par with everybody."

Ghiroli would say only, "I don’t even want to talk about it," about his return to his full-time position after a 52-day suspension. "I’m just doing my job."

Ghiroli was suspended after town officials determined he had filed false documentation with the Fire Department stating he had complied with the state’s paramedic protocols to update his medical-control license.

Branford officials originally handed down a 60- to 90-day suspension Feb. 7, a day after the sponsor program notified the town that it suspended Ghiroli’s medical-control license.

Shea said Ghiroli had failed to take a biannual paramedic refresher course, as required by the state, to retain his license.

Fire Chief Jack Ahern would not comment on the details of the falsified records.

The sponsor program, Shea said, has since reinstated Ghiroli’s medical-control license after he proved he had recently attended a four-day paramedic refresher course at Hartford Hospital.

Ahern said he is satisfied with Ghiroli’s compliance and the fact that the firefighter-paramedic’s $48,235 salary also was reinstated Tuesday.

"The fact that he lost over six weeks worth of pay — for a married guy with a family — I’m sure was difficult for him to make ends meet," Ahern said.

The town will not take any further action against Ghiroli, Ahern added.

In January, Ghiroli sued two of his colleagues, volunteer firefighter Robert Massey Sr. and Robert Massey Jr., chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, claiming they conspired to deny him a job promotion in 2002.

The Masseys have countersued.

Marissa Yaremich can be reached at myaremich@hregister.comor at 789-5742.

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