An Ohio volunteer firefighter has been suspended after a Facebook post surfaced online claiming that saving “one dog is more important than a million n****rs.”
FranklinTownship firefighter Tyler Roysdon boldly wrote that if he had to choose between saving a dog and a black person, the dog would get the priority. Since writing the inflammatory statement, the firefighter will not be called back on duty. His actions will also hurt his pocket because as a volunteer he was only paid when he was called on duty, according to WHIO-TV.
The original post has been removed from Roysdon Facebook page but screenshots show how commentators reacted to the appalling post.
Upon discovery of the racist post, officials released an official statement distancing themselves from Roysdon:
“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.”
Franklin Township officials will hold a disciplinary hearing for him on Sept. 27 to decide his fate.