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Wayne County worker fired after finding gun on the job

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John Chevilott was fired by Wayne County after he found a gun on the job and turned it into police.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) John Chevilott was fired by Wayne County after he found a gun on the job and turned it into police. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

John Chevilott found a gun, secured it, brought it back to the road yard in Westland, which is Wayne County property, before he turned it into police.  That seems to be where the problem lies because right now in Wayne County there is not a policy describing what to do if an employee finds a gun on the job.

Hidden in weeds in Detroit's Brightmoor area, Chevilott and his Wayne County crew discovered a loaded, snubnosed revolver as they were mowing the lawn mid-morning on May 3.

"It was damaged, so it could've went off.  Surprisingly, it didn't kill the guy on the mower," Chevilott explained.  "It got picked up, so we put [it] in the van, waited [for] police to drive by."

However, Detroit police never did drive by, so Chevilott finished his work day, drove the gun home and later that same evening turned it into his local police department in Garden City.

He says the cops ran the gun and discovered the weapon had been stolen from St. Clair Shores in 2005.

"They said I did the right thing getting it off the street."

However, Chevilott's superiors at the Department of Public Services had a much different opinion.  His foreman, who had knowledge of the situation, was suspended for 30 days, and after 23 years on the job, Chevilott was fired for violating department policies.

According to a Wayne County spokeswoman and the rules, employees aren't allowed to possess a weapon on work property.

Chevilott says he didn't bring a weapon to work.  He found it on the job.

"There is no policy.  I've never seen a policy what to do if we find a gun out here.  So, all I did was secure the situation to make sure nobody else got hurt or killed."

"They did a good thing.  They took a gun off the streets and they're being punished," said Local 101 President Thomas Richards.

Chevilott also was let go for insubordination and unauthorized access to the road yard.

Richards says he's fighting all three accusations that are over the top and without merit.

"There's never been any policy brought to light on what we should do when they find a weapon," he told us.

The union has filed a grievance.  Chevilott does want to get his job back.  He was just two years shy of retirement.

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