Niagara County Firefighter Investigated

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2010 at 7:03 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2010 at 7:03 PM EDT

LOCKPORT, NY (WKBW) -- After 20 years at the Fire Department and receiving several awards, Michael Collette may face disciplinary action.

Officials say Collette has been collecting disability checks after a back injury while on the job but was spotted filming in the latest Keanu Reeves movie Henry's Crime over the winter. "He was in the movie, he has readily admitted that," Lockport Mayor Mike Tucker said. "He was a security guard in the video and he was chasing some criminals."

Eyewitness News spoke to Collette Friday evening and he says he has told the Fire Department he is able and ready to go back to work since before the movie was filmed end of last year. His only constraint is that he can't lift the required weight for the job as a firefighter at the Lockport Fire Department since they don't have light duty like many other cities. He said he would give back the $100 dollars he made in the movie role and never have done it if he knew this investigation would've happened.

Lockport's Mayor says the Fire Board is investigating this and other issues he couldn't discuss at this point. "We hold our employees here at a high standard and we expect them to act accordingly," Mayor Tucker said. "And whenever something is brought to our attention we... do an investigation, this is what we're doing here. We have to have a hearing... we'll hear the employees side of the story, our side of the story and then after that point in time we'll reach some type of closure. We had a hearing scheduled for {Thursday}. We received a little bit of additional information that we wanted to check out so we postponed the hearing."

The hearing has been rescheduled for sometime over the next couple weeks.

Collette lives in Lockport and has a local transportation business.