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Firefighter In Hot Water Over Facebook Post

One firefighter's shocking social media post has proven that he should not be trusted to protect his community.

Tyler Roysdon, a 20-year-old volunteer firefighter from the Franklin Township Fire Department, Ohio, has been suspended without pay after township authorities discovered a hateful public post he wrote on Facebook. Roysdon’s post indicated that he’d choose to save a dog from a fire before rescuing an African American. As a volunteer firefighter, Roysdon is only paid while on active duty – something that will not occur during his suspension.

Specifically, Mr. Roysdon posted: “one dog is more important than a million n*****s,” on his own Facebook page. Traci Stivers, the Franklin Township Administrator, quickly slammed the post as ‘unacceptable’ and released the following statement:

“Recently, a Franklin Township volunteer firefighter posted unacceptable remarks on social media. Upon gaining knowledge of this information, Fire Chief Steve Bishop immediately contacted the firefighter and directed the comments be removed. The firefighter was suspended without pay until the Board of Township Trustees could meet to determine a course of action. Chief Bishop does not have the authority to terminate employees. Termination of any township employee requires a vote by the Board of Trustees.”

Fire Chief Bishop has indicated that he would terminate Mr. Roysdon’s employment if the decision wasn’t in the hands of the Township Board of Trustees. At this stage, the 20-year-old volunteer’s suspension will continue until his disciplinary hearing.

Ms. Stivers briefly mentioned the specifics of the hearing in her statement, saying: “As a rule all employees are given a closed-door disciplinary hearing that gives them a chance to provide witnesses or evidence proving their innocence.”

The official charge facing Mr. Roysdon is “conduct unbecoming a township employee.” During the hearing, the township firefighter will have the opportunity to defend his actions and character as well as call forth any witnesses to speak on his behalf.

Joei Frame Roysdon, Mr. Roysdon’s wife, recently uploaded a short Facebook post in defense of her husband, writing: “Everyone deserves a second chance and is also entitled to their own opinion.”

The President of the Board of Trustees, Brian Morris, is outraged by Roysdon’s comments. “[Roysdon] blatantly said on social media that he wouldn’t do that [save an African America],” Morris exclaimed to local reporters. “Even if you take race out of it, it still would be wrong. I’m disgusted in what he said. There is no reason for him to say that anytime, anywhere…That should never be said.”

In the wake of Roysdon’s viral comments, President Morris has made numerous statements in support of the culture and attitudes in Franklin township. “I want people to realize this is only one man’s comments. We have a great group of men (firefighters) and disgusting comments from one individual does not represent the entire fire department.”

Roysdon has since taken down the inflammatory Facebook post but social media users and online commenters remain enraged by the man’s actions. “No Firefighter would say any human being was not worth saving. This guy is a fraud,” slammed ‘Leigh bud’ from the Daily Mail.

Source: HuffPost, Daily Mail
Photo: Facebook

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