SHIRLEY — The Board of Selectmen reviewed a request from Leonard H. Kesten of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLP, the attorney for police Officer James Mickel, who was shot in the line of duty in 1993.
”He (has received) 72 percent of his pay since his accident, and he is petitioning now to receive 100 percent,” said Selectman Leonardo “Chip” Guercio at the May 8 meeting. “We have received a letter from his attorney that will formally begin the process. What we need from them is a representative here at our meeting that would explain what the cost would be and the specific article proposed for the town.”
In the request from Kesten, dated May 3, he wrote, “As you know, Sgt. Mickel put his life on the line for the citizens of Shirley and became permanently disabled as a result of being shot while performing his duty. He, like Sgt. Prentiss, almost died from his wounds. Sgt. Mickel is seeking to be placed in the same position as Sgt. Prentiss with regard to his disability pension.” — Jeanette Wade