Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Back on Job after a Retirement Reprieve

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Back on Job after a Retirement Reprieve

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ENGLEWOOD -- With a wide smile and large tumbler of coffee in his hand, Fred Robinson returned to his job at the city's Department of Public Works on Wednesday morning, eight days after the city tried forcing him to retire on a disability pension.

Robinson was greeted with handshakes and hugs as he walked into the DPW building on South Van Brunt Street at 6:45 a.m., ready to start his shift. He echoed the statement he made last week to the City Council when he was fighting to be reinstated: "I just want to go to work and serve my community."

The 58-year-old Englewood resident had to wage two battles to return to work. The first was after his right ankle was crushed by a garbage truck in the DPW yard last year. After months of therapy, Robinson was back on the job in March.

But city officials wanted Robinson to take a disability retirement after his doctor recommended that he be placed on "permanent light duty," a work status that doesn't exist in city government. …

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