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Rob Furlong War Hero Sniper: Edmonton Police Officer Fired For Misconduct Going To Alberta Court Of Appeal

10/23/2013 01:34 EDT | Updated 12/23/2013 05:12 EST
EDMONTON - A former army sniper who was fired from the Edmonton Police Service for urinating on another officer and other misconduct is getting another chance to save his job.

An Alberta Court of Appeal justice has granted Rob Furlong leave to appeal a ruling earlier this year that upheld a police decision to fire the constable.

The Law Enforcement Review Board said the firing was acceptable for misconduct which took place at a police training event after a night of heavy drinking.

The board's decision was a reversal of its original ruling, which had said it was too harsh to fire Furlong, who had seven years of unblemished police service before the misconduct in September 2011.

Appeal Court Justice Ronald Berger says the two different decisions raise questions about how the review board could reach different conclusions based on the same facts.

No date has been set to hear Furlong's appeal.

He has been suspended without pay since he was let go.

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