UTICA- A local tow truck driver claims he was fired after helping residents during Saturday's floods.
NEWSChannel 2 spoke with the owner on Johnston's Auto Body on Monday afternoon, who says he never fired Michael Venettozzi.
The tow truck driver's employment status has caused a stir on social media.
The owner tells NEWSChannel 2 Venettozzi was scheduled to work this week, and he was never fired. He said this was all he could legally share with us.
According to Venettozzi, he was near BJ's in North Utica on Saturday helping people with a tow truck. He said he heard from a AAA dispatcher that he had been fired.
NEWSChannel 2 called AAA several times but were unable to get through.
Venettozzi says he's certain the owner let him go. "I honestly didn't even consider my own safety or the risk to his equipment which he did explain when he let me go," said Venettozzi. He added "I don't think that he's wrong, I don't think people should be bashing him for his choice, I don't think they should be flooding his Facebook, calling his office." He says this was intended for him to get another job.