FAIRFIELD — Former Fairfield firefighter Robert Stacy’s threats to kill co-workers were light-hearted jokes – and a restraining order should be changed because he’s appealing his termination and cannot return to work with the order in place, his attorney says.
“The city has no evidence that Stacy has ever been violent in the past,” Christina Petricca said in a Sept. 9 court document.
Because of the February restraining order requiring Stacy to remain at least 100 yards from a firefighter he is said to have threatened, police had to make sure Stacy was not at his mother’s home before emergency workers could respond to a 911 medical call involving her, Petricca said.
Police walked through Annita Stacy’s home Aug. 5 looking for Robert Stacy before emergency medical workers could assist the woman, according to Petricca. Ambulance employees in a separate incident earlier this summer appeared concerned about whether it was safe to enter Annita Stacy’s home, her husband Gayle stated in a court filing.
An Oct. 7 hearing is scheduled in Solano County Superior Court on the request by Robert Stacy for a change in the workplace violence restraining order. The city will be asked to explain why the court should not set aside the restraining order that Judge Daniel Healy said was in error, because the court relied upon hearsay when granting the restriction.
Petricca declined comment on the case Tuesday. Stacy, 41, was not at his home Tuesday afternoon and did not respond to a request for comment left with a family member.
David White, deputy city manager for Fairfield, declined to comment on the case.
Police Chief Walt Tibbet said, “we try to be very, very open about things when we can,” but that it would be inappropriate for him to comment about the matter in litigation.
Tibbet said that generally, if the Fire Department wants police to respond to a medical call, officers will provide assistance as requested by the fire captain.
Stacy was placed on administrative leave Feb. 13 and later terminated from the Fire Department.
Two of the three firefighters originally listed in the restraining order said before Stacy’s termination that they were willing to work with him and that they did not consider Stacy’s remarks to be life-threatening.
The city was granted the restraining order in February after Sgt. Joel Orr said he was told that Stacy remarked during a January shift change at Fire Station No. 35 on Edison Court that Stacy thought he’d go home and take his life “but before I do that, I will go back and kill you guys.”
Orr’s declaration was filed by the city as part of the restraining order request.
Stacy, when at a computer at the fire station, told a captain assisting him on Jan. 19 that, “I am doing my best. I don’t want to lose my job and I would kill myself if I lost my job,” according to Orr’s declaration. Stacy was having some difficulty writing patient-care reports after firefighters respond to emergencies, the declaration said.
In August 2012 on the apparatus floor of Fire Station No. 41 on North Texas Street, Stacy said, “I don’t think I am being treated fairly because of the promotion process,” the declaration states. The statement added that Stacy then pointed to the light pole behind the fire station and said, “I think I will hang myself from that pole right there, but I am not sure if I can make the knot. Or I can go to work for an auto parts store.”
Attorney Petricca said Stacy’s reference to a knot involved an ongoing joke about the firefighter’s inability to tie knots.
One firefighter said in a declaration that he believed Stacy was joking in January when he threatened to kill co-workers. But he decided to speak with a captain about Stacy after seeing accounts the next month involving shootings by a former Los Angeles police officer who was angry at the Los Angeles Police Department. The Fairfield firefighter said he provided a statement about Stacy after being told it was for workplace safety.
The firefighter said in a statement filed in the court matter that he does not believe Stacy represents a threat.
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