Glen Merkitch voluntarily resigned from the FDNY after a random drug test found cocaine in his system.
Now, more than two years later, Merkitch wants a second chance, and he reasons if redemption is good enough for the fire commissioner’s son, then it’s good enough for him.
Merkitch says he was in a dark place when he got high after receiving a visit from the son of his best friend who died on 9/11.
Even so, he voluntarily walked away from the job he loved to make it easier on everyone else.
“In order to spare himself, his family and the FDNY the time, expense, labor and stress of a disciplinary trial, when the penalty of termination was essentially pre-ordained, (Merkitch) resigned on March 4, 2013,” according to his reinstatement petition filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court.