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EAST GREENWICH â€” A fire is now brewing in the courts between retired firefighters and the Town of East Greenwich regarding the health coverage switch that took place last month.
A total of 34 individuals, a group that includes former East Greenwich firefighters and their spouses, filed a joint complaint on July 14 in Kent County Superior Court against the East Greenwich Town Council, Finance Director Kristen Benoit and Town Manager Thomas Coyle alleging that the health coverage changes that were implemented on July 1 both breached the collective bargaining agreements (CBA) with each retired firefighter and violated their civil rights.
Some of the plaintiffs include former East Greenwich Fire Chief Peter Henrikson, his wife Kristen, Robert Vespia â€“ who is a candidate for the East Greenwich Town Council â€“ and his wife Elaine, who works in the Town Clerkâ€™s office. The retired firefighters in the lawsuit ended their respective careers with the East Greenwich Fire District/Fire Department between 1995 and last year, according to court documents.
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