'Big Brother 3' Eric Ouellette suspended from firefighter job
By Reality TV World staff, 09/04/2002
TheDay.com reports that “Big Brother 3” houseguest Eric Ouellette has been suspended from his job as a Poquonnock Bridge firefighter for two weeks. Ouellette said he received a letter from Poquonnock Bridge Chief Todd Paige informing him of the suspension Saturday.
“I was surprised but at the same time I had heard rumors of possible disciplinary action against me, so it was a bit of a nonsurprise,” he said Sunday night. Ouellette said he does not believe the suspension is fair. “I believe I was entitled to the opportunity based on the contract. I'm not the type of person that wants to go against authority, but I believe I'm entitled to the opportunities that are governed by our contract,” he said.
Ouellette, 27, said he would appeal the suspension. Union president Tom Eldredge said the Board of Fire Commissioners would set a date for the hearing and then decide whether to uphold, modify or repeal Paige's suspension. Eldredge said that until Saturday there had only been rumors of disciplinary action against Ouellette.