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Former Fargo officer to appeal firing

FARGO — A Fargo police officer who was recently dismissed from the force is in the process of appealing his termination.

David Boelke will seek a hearing before the Fargo Civil Service Commission, Boelke's attorney, Mark Friese, said Thursday, Aug. 10.

Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd said earlier this week that he was firing Boelke, a 15-year veteran of the police force and a four-time life-saving award recipient.

Boelke's termination followed a lengthy investigation of his job performance after he missed a court appearance for a stop-sign violation on his day off.

A subsequent review of 280 or 290 of Boelke's calls over the course of a year reportedly identified three cases in which no evidence was found that Boelke visited the scene of an accident or incident.

Boelke challenged GPS data cited in the internal investigation report, and Friese has said the data was inconsistent with a polygraph test Boelke took. Friese said the test showed his client was telling the truth.