Retired Firefighter Injured On Job Gets Promotion

(Providence, RI)  --  A retired Providence firefighter who nearly died fighting a fire in 2016 was promoted to the rank of battalion chief on Thursday.  Joseph Fontaine had been placed in a medically induced coma after suffering cyanide poisoning, one of nearly two-dozen firefighters who were injured from the triple-decker fire in Providence.  Fontaine took the battalion chief test last year, but despite performing well on the test, did not get the position because of a city rule affecting promotions for firefighters who are on disability.  Fontaine challenged that decision in court and won a 12-thousand-dollar severance package earlier this year.


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