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.
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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.