Firefighter to Remain on Duty Despite Charges
DEVENS -- A firefighter with an open assault and battery case in Lowell District Court has been allowed to work for the Devens Fire Department, according to MassDevelopment.
Former Ipswich Fire Chief Gregory Gagnon, 43, of Dracut, worked Tuesday, said Meg Delorier, chief of staff for the state agency, which oversees the former U.S. Army base.
She didn’t confirm whether Gagnon had been placed on leave in light of the charges. Delorier declined to comment further because it is a personnel matter.
Gagnon has been with the Devens Fire Department since September 2018, she said. Fire Chief Joe LeBlanc was not available for comment Tuesday. Staff from his office referred requests for comment to MassDevelopment.
Gagnon allegedly assaulted two minors known to him at his Dracut home on Dec. 21, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
He was arraigned Dec. 28 on two charges in Lowell District Court and then released on personal recognizance.
A judge ordered him to stay away from the alleged victims, follow a restraining order against him, and comply with recommendations from the Department of Children and Families, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 14.
Gagnon was not available for comment Tuesday.
He was previously charged with two counts of assault and battery in September 2017 for allegedly strangling his wife. The criminal charges were dropped at the beginning of the month after she decided not to testify against him.
Gagnon spent 18 years as a Dracut firefighter before being named Ipswich Fire Chief in 2014.
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