Bridgeport Firefighter Fired After Alleged Acid Incident

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A 22-year veteran Bridgeport firefighter accused of dumping poisonous acid onto his neighbor's water line has been fired.

Fire Chief Brian Rooney told the Connecticut Post that Edward Voccola "brought discredit" to the department and was fired for violating the city's ethics code as well as city rules.

Shelton police arrested Voccola, 52, on Sept. 5. Authorities said Voccola had ongoing problems with his neighbor and, at one point, poured poisonous and highly corrosive muriatic acid on his water supply fittings.

He was placed on paid administrative leave.

Voccola was charged with attempted criminal assault on a person over 60 and reckless endangerment. He is free on $25,000 bond.

The Associated Press could reach neither Voccola nor his attorney could be reached for comment Monday. He is due in court on March 3.

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