- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Officials say a deputy Hartford fire chief has been suspended with pay pending an investigation into his interactions with a superior officer after a meeting last week.

Deputy Chief of Training Daniel Nolan has been critical of Chief Carlos Huertas since the October death of city firefighter Kevin Bell.

Huertas says Nolan refused to obey the orders of a superior officer following his April 16 testimony before a task force investigating training issues and communication problems with Huertas in the wake of Bell’s death in a house fire.

Nolan was speaking to the media when Interim Assistant Chief Scott Brady told him to go back to work.

Huertas says he expects the investigation to conclude within two weeks.

Nolan’s attorney, Mario Cerame, confirmed the suspension but declined to comment further.

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