Firefighter with PTSD tested positive for cocaine.
The Fire Department sought to terminate from employment a firefighter who tested positive for cocaine during a random drug test. The firefighter admitted that he had tested positive but argued that he is disabled and he sought an opportunity to file for disability benefits. Respondent suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the events of September 11, 2001, and his condition caused him to abuse alcohol and cocaine. In addition, respondent sustained a line-of-duty shoulder injury after he was returned to duty following the positive test. Fire Dep’t v. Sicignano (in PDF), OATH Index No. 801/11 (June 30, 2011).