Fireman Says He'd 'Take His Time' Saving Black People

Carla Harmon
September 19, 2017

A volunteer firefighter from OH has been suspended indefinitely after a racist Facebook comment about black people has gained traction.

Despite being a volunteer, the OH firefighter is paid for when his services are needed - but will not be called while his case is under review.

"Recently, a Franklin Township volunteer firefighter posted unacceptable remarks on social media", the township's statement read.

Roysdon has since removed the post from his Facebook page, but a screenshot appears below.

There will be a disciplinary hearing held by the township on September 27.

The post, which contained multiple racial slurs, was ordered removed by the township.

Stivers confirmed that Fire Chief Steve Bishop suspended 20-year-old Tyler Roysdon without pay, which she said is the most that Bishop can do as they await a termination vote from trustees as per protocol. Only the town's board of trustees can do that, and a disciplinary hearing is expected at the end of the month, according to local station WHIO-TV. As a rule all employees are given a closed door disciplinary hearing that gives them a chance to provide witnesses or evidence providing their innocence. Township Administrator Traci Stivers "took the most aggressive step he was legally allowed to take as he does not have the authority to terminate employees".

Mr Roysdon's wife says her husband has apologised, but told Fox 19 everyone is "entitled to their own opinion".

"I want people to realize this is only one man's comment", he said.

Meanwhile, Ryan Grubbs, who works as a volunteer firefighter with Roysdon, said his colleague's words go against the department's core values. "Number two and number three, you've just violated a serious code and I take that seriously". "We have a great group of men [firefighters] and disgusting comments from one individual does not represent the entire fire department".

"There is no reason for him to say that anytime, anywhere.That should never be said".

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