The Town of Tonawanda has hired paramedics to replace the two former employees accused of taking medication from the drug deposit container at police headquarters.
The Town Board last week promoted Jacob Latter and Ruddy Rodriguez Barone from part-time to full-time status as paramedics with the town at a base salary of $45,380. The appointments are pending medical exams and the meeting of town and Erie County civil service requirements.
Latter and Barone replace Jon Cinelli and Jeremy Pecoraro, who were fired March 28 after a hearing conducted by Police Chief Jerome C. Uschold III. They are challenging their terminations on due-process grounds.
Pecoraro is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as petit larceny and a violation under state public health law. Cinelli wasn't charged but remains under investigation.
Cinelli was suspected, police said previously, after officials observed him violating regulations that require two paramedics empty the drug bin. An investigation then implicated Pecoraro, police said.