A fire department in Ohio has indefinitely suspended a volunteer firefighter for allegedly saying in a Facebook post that, given the choice, he would rather save a dog than a black person from a burning building.
Franklin Township volunteer firefighter Tyler Roysdon, 20, appears to have written on Facebook that he would rather rescue a dog because “one dog is more important than a million n****rs,” according to local TV station WHIO.
Roysdon has since removed the Facebook post, according to HuffPost. However, HuffPost published screenshots of the slur and racially charged comments.
As a volunteer, Roysdon only gets paid when he’s called to an emergency, which authorities said will not occur during his indefinite suspension, HuffPost reports.
There will be a disciplinary hearing held by the township on Sept. 27.
“This is not acceptable behavior for a township employee,” said Traci Stivers, the township administrator, in the statement to WHIO. “As a rule all employees are given a closed-door disciplinary hearing that gives them a chance to provide witnesses or evidence proving their innocence.”
Stivers also told WHIO that suspending Roysdon indefinitely was the most drastic step the township was allowed to take legally, as the fire chief doesn’t have the authority to fire employees himself.