Tag Archives: Utica Fire Department

Trial Court Rules Against Utica Fire Chief’s Disability Claim

For a relatively small city, the City of Utica, New York has seen more than it’s fair share of fire law headlines in recent years. The Utica Fire Department is once again in the headlines with word that New York State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McRae has ruled against Fire Chief Russell Brooks, who is seeking 9-11 related disability benefits for his leukemia.

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Utica Firefighter Ordered To Provide DNA Sample

An Oneida County Court Judge has ordered a Utica firefighter to provide a DNA sample as an investigation to sexual misconduct at a fire station continues. According to Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, "a female (firefighter) went out on a call, and when she returned she found...

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NY Chief Sues Over 9/11 Related Illness

The fire chief in Utica was in court yesterday pressing the city to have his leukemia treated as a 9/11 related illness. Fire Chief Russell Brooks filed suit against the City for denying his claim that his chronic lymphocytic leukemia was brought on by his work at the World Trade Center in 2001.

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Utica Fire Chief’s Son Sues City For Discrimination

The son of Utica, New York Fire Chief Russell Brooks has filed suit against the city claiming he is being discriminated against on account of his religion and gender over the length of his hair. John Brooks, a Utica firefighter, filed suit in US District Court in December accusing the city of discrimination.

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