A letter to the editor of the Hartford Courant from a citizen reacts to reporter David Owens’ story that some firefighters viewed 53-year-old Chief Joseph Carilli and a a 15-year-old junior member as a “dating couple” but didn’t report anything to authorities. Here’s an excerpt from the letter by Susan Marcey of Manchester:
The fact that his fellow firefighters didn’t report this is totally unacceptable.
Any different from Joe Paterno? They should all be fired from the force.
Now it will be interesting to see the reaction of the public to the latest news about the former chief and the details of how he became the former chief last September. According to WFSB-TV, the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association Inc. paid Carilli $12,000 when he was forced to resign as chief after being accused of harassing female employees at a Dunkin’ Donuts.
Town officials confirmed that Joseph Carilli secretly received a $12,000 payout when he stepped down as chief of the South Coventry Fire Department last fall.
Town officials also confirm the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association intends to recover the money given to Carilli, possibly by suing him.
One of the interesting things about this is that Carilli didn’t just take the money and run. Even with his criminal record of serving an eight month sentence in the 80s after a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl, and the embarrassing series of incidents at Dunkin’ Donuts, Carilli was allowed to remain as the department’s training officer.
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