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Settlement nears in firefighter lawsuit against Fredonia

Fredonia Fire Engine 15 leads the 2019 Fredonia Halloween Parade.

It appears a lawsuit filed by the Fredonia Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 2931 and Timothy Winters, president of the Fredonia Professional Fire Fighters Association, against the village and Mayor Doug Essek may be near a settlement.

On Monday, the Village Board is expected to name Winters to the position of fire lieutenant and Ben Siracuse as a provisional appointment to the fire lieutenant position. Both will begin on Dec. 1, according to the agenda posted by the village on Wednesday.

In late October, the union filed the suit claiming violations of civil service regulations. According to the firefighters, the position of lieutenant has gone unfilled for years. Winters serves as acting lieutenant.

The union claimed the consequences of village’s continued assignment of firefighters to perform acting lieutenant duties puts them at “grave risks and further exposure of the taxpayers of the Village of Fredonia to greater losses.”

Complete coverage in the Thursday edition.

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