Mashpee Firefighter Stephen Bold Seeking Disability Retirement
By: Geoff Spillane
Embattled veteran Mashpee firefighter Stephen P. Bold has filed for disability retirement benefits and is no longer on the town’s payroll, the Enterprise confirmed this afternoon.
The 48-year-old Mr. Bold was arrested at his Mashpee home in early-October and charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older.
The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s dropped the charges last month after concluding that there was “ample evidence of a personal relationship” between Mr. Bold and the 17-year-old woman.
Mashpee Fire Chief George W. Baker, Jr. said this afternoon that Mr. Bold has filed for disability retirement benefits due to an undisclosed service-related medical condition. As a result of the filing, Mr. Bold was placed on unpaid medical leave and has been paid for accrued benefits, including vacation and compensatory time, Chief Baker said.
To receive disability retirement benefits, Mr. Bold must receive approval from the Barnstable County Retirement Board and a panel of medical professionals, a process that could take from a few months to several years, according to Chief Baker.
Following the announcement that the criminal charges had been dropped, Chief Baker said he was continuing to conduct an internal investigation into the matter.
That investigation has now been suspended while Mr. Bold’s disability claim is considered, Chief Baker said today.
In 2009, townspeople rallied around Mr. Bold, a single father of two young daughters, raising funds for the firefighter and his family as he battled cancer. Mr. Bold—who is also a bassist for the heavy metal band Chain Drive, which performs throughout New England—received a Boston Celtics “Heroes Among Us” award after he rescued a man who was trapped underneath an automobile in 2008.
Mr. Bold did not respond to an interview request.