According to sources within the Hartford Fire Department, Jimmy Ngo has officially been terminated from the Hartford Fire Department this afternoon.
Sources claim the decision was made based on information from the Connecticut State Police, given to HFD that Ngo had admitted in both written statements and through audio and video recordings that he was shot on April 21st as the result of a "drug deal gone bad".
That has yet to be proven and the suspect arrested in the shooting seems less than credible, to me at least, in his statements..
This termination may prove problematic for the City eventually. Although Hartford does have a "zero tolerance" policy for drug use, there is no direct evidence that the drug deal was factual and actually did occur.
If Jimmy Ngo was an alleged drug dealer, there is no place nor should there be, a spot for him at HFD. If it is proven that there was a drug deal in place, so be it, the termination is warranted.
Hopefully the accusations will be proven baseless and if so, Ngo should be restored to his position, with full back pay and benefits.
The HFD contract apparently does not allow for discipline for "off duty" incidents unless it involves a felony arrest. At this point there has been no arrest for Ngo and no indication that any is planned by CSP.
Hartford Fire Chief Reginalg Freeman issued the following brief statement this afternoon:
"On Wednesday, July 05, 2017, the Hartford fire department conducted an internal
investigation pertaining to one of its members (Jimmy Ngo) that was allegedly
involved in activity that is in violation of city and department policy. The
facts obtained from this internal investigation warranted disciplinary action
from the fire department’s administration. As a result of the findings, the
member’s employment with the City of Hartford has been terminated, effective
immediately. The City of Hartford and Hartford Fire Department has a zero
tolerance for violation of its said policies that are counterintuitive to the
hard work, dedication and sacrifices made by the greater body. "