Three Firefighters Fired Over Racially Insensitive Comments (Updated With HFD Response)
Another in a series of racial problems for HFD
Three Houston firefighters have been "indefinitely suspended" over racially insensitive comments made on a patient's record, a firefighters union said today.
Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, said his group would be appealing the decision.
"This inept city investigation - which could not identify who wrote the comment - caused yet another injustice for Houston firefighters and their families," he said. "Firing three people for the despicable actions of a single person is legally and morally
Details of the incident, which occurred several months ago, were not released.
We have a call in to HFD spokesman Patrick Trahan.
Caynon said the three HFD employees in question all denied adding the offensive comments to an electronic patient-care record, and rejected 60-day suspensions.
The ruling, which was announced last night, was made under former interim HFD chief Rick Flanagan's administration, Canyon said.
Here's KTRK's report that broke the story earlier this year.
More on this as it develops......
Update -- HFD has released an official statement:
The Houston Fire Department confirms that disciplinary action was taken against three members regarding an incident in which a racial epithet was entered into an emergency medical record. The discipline was administered following due process for the members. Use of such language as described in the related complaint constitutes a violation of public trust and will not be tolerated by the Houston Fire Department.
One member received an indefinite suspension. Two other members were offered 60-day suspensions in lieu of indefinite suspension. Both chose indefinite suspension. All three are afforded the opportunity to appeal to a hearing examiner, as specified by contract. All three have chosen to appeal.
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