MAYWOOD, Ill. — Four suburban Chicago firefighters say they were suspended after refusing to remove patriotic stickers posted on their helmets and lockers.
The Maywood firefighters said they were ordered to go home for refusing to remove stickers of American flags after their fire chief implemented a ban on all stickers according to FireRescue..
“I’m floored that he would even consider this two days before 9/11,” said firefighter Dan McDowell. “It’s ridiculous.”
Some said the stickers were sentimental. “My dad served here for 26 years, an ex-marine, ex-Vietnam vet,” said Dave Flowers, Jr. “I took his locker.”
Evergito Herrera came to the U.S. from Cuba and said he’s been with the department for 25 years. He said American pride is something he cherishes.
“I come from a country where I couldn’t do that,” he said. “The government would tell me what to do and that’s why my parents took me out of Cuba.”
The Maywood fire chief blamed the whole incident on “racism” and pointed to a picture of a monkey smoking a cigarette that happened over 10 years ago and didn’t include these four firefighters.
Because after all, monkeys are racist. Especially the ones that smoke. But seriously, racism didn’t have anything to do with the issue. Even though the fire chief screamed racism.
Four Maywood firefighters were sent home from work today for not removing the American flag from their equipment…. http://t.co/vfndVj9s4t
— Billy Van Horn (@BillyVanHornFIA) September 4, 2015
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