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Posted on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 : 1:33 p.m.

Chelsea fire department lawyers deny allegations in whistleblower lawsuit

By Cindy Heflin

Lawyers for the Chelsea Area Fire Authority have denied several allegations made by a former lieutenant in a whistleblower lawsuit filed in federal court, the Chelsea Standard reports.

According to court documents, CAFA lawyers said "Matthew Rose was never ordered to transport a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the closest hospital in a fire truck, and that he never openly objected to doing so to superiors either at the scene," the newspaper reported.

In his lawsuit, Matthew W. Rose alleges that he was demoted for publicly criticizing a superior’s decision to transport a gunshot victim to a hospital in a fire truck.

Rose is suing the Chelsea Area Fire Authority and Chief Jim Payeur, alleging violations of his right to free speech and of the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act and seeking an unspecified amount of money.