Ex-Firefighter Accused of Making Threats Against Bridgeport Fire Chief

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Police say a former firefighter from the Bridgeport Fire Department made threats against himself and the fire chief recently.

Bruce Toth, 59, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

Public Information Officer Bill Kaempffer said Toth is banned from the department’s headquarters following a previous incident.

Kaempffer said that on Friday morning around 11 a.m. Toth entered the headquarters and demanded to see Fire Chief Brian Rooney, then made threats to harm Rooney and himself.

Police were called and Toth was arrested and brought to a hospital for a psych evaluation.

Kaempffer said investigators searched Toth’s vehicle and found a handgun inside. He said Toth’s state pistol permit had expired.

Toth served as a fireman in Bridgeport from 1996 to 2007, and in a 2011 post to his Facebook page he wrote that he was hurt on the job and did not receive any disability from the fire department.

Police said they are still investigating a motive behind Toth’s alleged actions.

The former firefighter is due in court on July 29 and could face additional gun-related charges.

Rooney and other fire officials, including union members, declined to comment on the case.

A representative from Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch’s office said it’s “policy not to comment on on-going investigations.”

Fox CT tried reaching Toth for a comment at a Bridgeport house and phone number listed under his name, but did not hear back.

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