Fire­fighter sus­pended af­ter post­ing racist state­ment on Face­book

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state -

DAY­TON — A vol­un­teer fire­fighter in Ohio has been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely af­ter he posted on Face­book that he would save a dog from a burn­ing build­ing be­fore a black per­son.

WHIO-TV re­ported that Tyler Roys­don, of Franklin Town­ship in War­ren County, said if he had to choose be­tween sav­ing a dog or a black man, the an­i­mal would come first.

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

Of­fi­cials is­sued a state­ment call­ing the con­tent “un­ac­cept­able.” Of­fi­cials said Fire Chief Steve Bishop, who sus­pended Roys­don, does not have ter­mi­na­tion pow­ers. That de­ci­sion will be made by the town­ship board of trus­tees af­ter a Sept. 27 dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

A phone num­ber could not be found for Roys­don. A mes­sage was left with Bishop.

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