May 5, 2008 -- An NYPD helicopter pilot, lauded for his high-flying heroics in an air-sea rescue and post-9/11 anti-terror sweeps, has been fired for testing positive for cocaine, The Post has learned.
Jon Goldin, 40, who spent more than 15 years with the NYPD, was fired April 7 by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after a departmental trial commissioner rejected claims by the pilot's ex-girlfriend that Goldin flunked the test because of intimate contact with her, sources said.
In December 2006, The Post reported that Goldin, who routinely patrolled sensitive locations from the skies after 9/11, was suspended when a hair-sample drug test came back positive.
A month earlier, he had been the co-pilot aboard an NYPD chopper whose crew performed a dramatic air-sea rescue over Jamaica Bay, pulling five people to safety.
Goldin said he broke up with his ex when she finally admitted her secret drug use. She later took the stand as a defense witness, asserting that their private life had unwittingly contaminated his hair.
"Her story was that she had used cocaine outside of his presence the night before in a bar and that she believed he failed the test by his performing oral sex on her," a source said.
But NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Martin Karopkin rejected her argument. ."
An indignant Goldin vowed to "fight to clear his name and get the back pay and pension I deserve."