Paramedics Accused of Stealing Drugs in Tonawanda Fired

Hearing to determine job status held Thursday morning

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Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - Two Tonawanda paramedics accused of stealing drugs from a drop off bin inside a police station have been terminated after a hearing on Thursday morning. 

The two men, Jon Cinelli and Jeremy Pecoraro, were previously suspended from their jobs earlier this week following an arrest.

Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger said a hearing needed to be held before further discipline took place, that happened Thursday. 

Earlier this week, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says only one paramedic, Jeremy Pecoraro, has been arrested, while the second individual is still under investigation.

"The information that was issued by the Town of Tonawanda was inaccurate in the sense that only one individual, Mr. Pecoraro, was arrested," said Flynn. "The second individual has not been arrested yet."

Reports indicate that police believe the two men stole the drugs to support their own opioid addictions.

"It's a very powerful disease here, and individuals are addicted to these drugs, and sometimes will do whatever they can to get their hands on these drugs," Flynn began. "I'm not specifically saying what these individuals' problems may or may not have been, but in general, this is a serious problem and we need to have procedures in place in the towns and villages across Erie County to monitor and to control who is coming in and coming out of the rooms where these boxes are located."

As of now, it's up to individual towns and municipalities to create their own procedures, but when asked if Flynn would prefer a more uniform protocol across the county, Flynn didn't rule it out of the question.

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