Warren cop fired for physical inability

WARREN – A city patrolman was fired last week on the basis that he is unable to perform the necessary physical activity required of the job.

The specifics of why he is unable to perform his job were not disclosed.

A letter to David Gallagher dated May 15 and signed by Warren Safety-Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa explained that the patrolman’s termination was a result of findings of a medical evaluation. His termination was effective Thursday.

The letter explained that as a police officer, Gallagher was required by his job description to “be able to perform a full custodial arrest, from identification and apprehension to the prescribed booking process.”

The letter stated “that this would include the necessary physical activity to reasonably apply the arrest and booking and the use of force policies as outlined in the City of Warren Department of Police Policy and Procedure Manual.”

A representative from the city’s human resources office said the city cannot disclose anything contained in Gallagher’s health records because it is protected by the American with Disabilities Act.

Gallagher could not be reached for comment.