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One Photo Might Get A Firefighter Fired

A firefighter from New Mexico is being disciplined by his fire department and could be forced to take an unpaid leave after his wife was photographed breastfeeding their child while wearing his uniform. The photo was a part of a series by El Paso photographer Tara Ruby.

"The intention has been since the very beginning to show that a mom can be a full-time mom and still work a full-time job and do both equally at the same time," Ruby told KFOXTV. "I was mad for the mom and the husband she has that's supporting her in this. It was never intended to be anything negative. It's only you know supposed to be positive."

A spokesperson from the Las Cruces Fire Department said since the issue was a personnel matter they couldn’t discuss their investigation. Ruby’s series also includes mothers who are police officers, doctors, teachers and in other professions.

"This story is a powerful one and maybe it's not one everybody's ready to hear," Ruby said. "I've actually had firefighter women reach out to me and say, 'I was in that position. I breast-fed while I was a firefighter.'"

Ruby plans to continue photographing working mothers with the intent to normalize breastfeeding.

Source: K Fox TV
Photo: Facebook/Tara Ruby Photography via Huffington Post

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