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Arbitrator Reduces Portland Fireboat Punishments
01/09/2013 8:15 AM ET  

An arbitrator has ordered the city of Portland to pay more than $1,100 in back wages to two firefighters who were punished after damaging the city's $3.2 million fireboat.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The city revealed the results of the arbitrator's decision Tuesday.

The city suspended the firefighters without pay for causing $52,000 in damage to the boat when it struck an underwater object in October 2011. The boat had about a dozen civilians on board.

The city suspended two firefighters without pay. Capt. Christopher Goodall was suspended for 80 hours and Pilot Joseph Murphy was suspended for 24 hours.

Goodall had his punishment reduced from 80 hours to 48 hours, while Murphy's was reduced from 24 hours to 12 hours. The arbitrator cited their clean employment histories and a lack of clear rules regarding who could be on the boat.

The city has since changed policy on who can use the boat, including barring civilians.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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