PAWTUCKET — Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal for the past two years, submitted his retirement on Friday, announced Douglas Hadden, director of constituent services and communications for Mayor Donald Grebien.
Parent is retiring just a few weeks shy of his 25th year of service with the city's Fire Department. His retirement became effective as of Friday, Hadden said.
Parent had been the subject of a recent investigation after it was brought to light that he had put his fiancee's daughter on his city-paid health insurance plan for a 10-month period some 16 months ago. The matter was first reported on “The Hummel Report,” an on-line news website, and was picked up by several other news outlets.
Parent had said the request had been approved by a member of the city's Personnel Department. He also said he had reimbursed the city, which is self-insured, for about $3,000 in claims that the 19-year-old woman had submitted during that period.
When asked about the matter, Mayor Donald Grebien maintained that Parent should not have been allowed to add the unrelated individual on to his family plan without proper documentation. Saying he had been receiving conflicting information, Grebien asked the Pawtucket Police to investigate.
Hadden said that Pawtucket Police had consulted with the attorney general's office and decided not to bring any criminal charges against Parent. He said police have determined the issue to be a personnel matter. He added that police are still finalizing their investigation, but expect to have it concluded by early next week.
Parent, a Pawtucket native who now lives in North Smithfield, received an insurance industry commendation last year for alerting residents of a multi-family house about a fire that he became aware of while doing an alarm inspection nearby. He helped two women, two young children and a dog climb out a window and down a fire escape to safety.