Michigan Wayne County Worker John Chevilott Finds Loaded Gun on the Job Turns it Over to Police And Gets Fired


Detroit police told groundskeeper John Chevilott he did the right thing by turning over a loaded handgun he found on the job earlier this month.

His Wayne County employers had a different opinion: They fired him for it.

Chevilott and his crew were mowing county property in Westland, Mich. when they came across a snubnosed revolver on the morning of May 3.

“It was damaged, so it could’ve went off. Surprisingly, it didn’t kill the guy on the mower,” Chevilott told WJBK-TV. “It got picked up, so we put it in the van, waited [for] police to drive by.”

But when police didn’t come by, Chevilott finished up his workday and drove the gun to the station himself. Officers ran a check and discovered it had been stolen in 2005.

“They said I did the right thing getting it off the street,” he said.

It seems his superiors in Michigan’s public works department disagreed. They gave the foreman who had been in charge a 30-day suspension, and fired Chevilott after 23 years of service.

A Wayne County spokeswoman told WJBK the rules are clear: Employees aren’t allowed to possess weapons on the job.

But Chevilott said that policy doesn’t apply; he didn’t bring the gun — he found it.

“I’ve never seen a policy what to do if we find a gun out here. So, all I did was secure the situation to make sure nobody else got hurt or killed,” he said.

Chevilott — who was also let go for insubordination and unauthorized access to the road yard — wants his job back and has enlisted the help of his local union president.

Thomas Richards told WJBK the situation is simple: “They did a good thing. They took a gun off the streets and they’re being punished.”