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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington firefighter fired after he missed too much work while in jail for a crimes he’d later be acquitted of has his job back.

A city spokeswoman says Robert Hester has been reinstated as a master firefighter following a ruling by the city’s Civil Service Commission Wednesday. He was fired in April for violating city policy based on his inability to return to work following an arrest in Virginia in March.

In August, a jury found him not guilty on two of the charges he faced with a mistrial declared on the third. Prosecutors later decided not to refile that charge, and Hester was released from jail.

The city says Hester will be back on the job Monday at the same rank and salary. He will not receive back pay. Hester began working for the city in November 2000.


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