CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) – A 35-year veteran of the Monarch Fire Protection District has been fired, and he doesn’t know why.

Sean Porter rose through the ranks during his career with Monarch – being named Battalion Chief in April of 2012.

But last Friday, according to a news release from the Firefighters Union Local 2665, Porter was called into a closed Monarch board meeting and asked to recount the procedures of the process that led to his promotion.

After the meeting, he was called into Interim Chief ‘s office and asked to resign. When Porter refused to resign, he was fired.

Porter says he was told board members wanted him to resign, but that it had nothing to do with his job performance.

Union vice president and shop steward for Monarch Andy Stecko says the firing is an attempt to destroy the morale of their firefighter and paramedic team.

Porter says he is shocked by the firing, stating he has never been officially reprimanded and has no discipline problems in his personnel file.

Porter says his next move will be guided by legal counsel.

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