06 - 22 - 2010 Boalsburg man files federal suit against State Police
(CDT) An area man with hearing loss & a desire to pursue a career in law enforcement filed a federal lawsuit against the state police over guidelines that he says exclude qualified candidates who need hearing aids. Bill Furmanâs lawyers filed the lawsuit last week in the US District Court for the Middle District of PA asking that the rule forbidding the use of hearing aids in tests needed for certification be changed so that Furman has the opportunity to become a municipal police officer. He currently works as a parking officer in Bellefonte & as a Centre Co. constable, an elected position that involves serving papers & transporting prisoners. He was set to go to a police training academy last year when he said he was told he couldnât because he had passed an earlier hearing test with the help of hearing aids. His lawyer, Carol Horowitz, pointed out that guidelines allow for the use of glasses to meet vision requirements.