Former Utica fire chief's lawsuit against city dismissed

Brooks, who retired last September, says his leukemia was a result of him being at ground zero on 9/11, while still a member of the Utica Fire Department.

Posted: May 31, 2019 11:36 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Retired Utica Fire Chief Russ Brook's lawsuit against the city of Utica has been dismissed.

Brooks, who retired last September, says his leukemia was a result of him being at ground zero on 9/11, while still a member of the Utica Fire Department.

He was suing for benefits he felt he was entitled to for being injured in the line of duty.

The city asked for a dismissal of the case and now a state Supreme Court judge did just that.

The city of Utica Corporation Counsel released a statement saying:

"Since former Chief Brooks was placed on involuntary administrative leave, he has commenced multiple administrative and legal proceedings challenging the city's actions. He has been unsuccessful in all his efforts. The city's actions have been held to be fully legal and proper in all respects. Former Chief Brooks has been provided with everything to which he is legally entitled. We hope this is the end of the matter and wish him well."

WKTV reached out to Brooks to see if he has any plans of possibly appealing this decision, but have not heard back as of yet.

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