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NJ ends disability payments for Raleigh firefighter

Posted January 11, 2011 5:29 a.m. EST

— A New Jersey panel has decided to stop disability payments for a Raleigh firefighter.

Herman Gregory Ellis, 39, worked for 14 years as a firefighter in Harrison, N.J., near Newark, before retiring on disability in November 2008. Two months before he went on disability, Ellis began working for the Raleigh Fire Department.

The New Jersey Board for the Police and Firemen's Retirement System ruled on Monday to end Ellis' monthly payments. The case is being referred to the New Jersey Attorney General's Office for review. 

In March, Ellis was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. According to court records, police said Ellis grabbed his girlfriend's hair and face. He pleaded guilty and agreed to take an abuser program to have the charge dismissed.

The Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey reported in mid-December that Ellis was one of nearly 250 officers and firefighters who received anabolic steroids or hormones from a Jersey City physician.