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Volunteer Franklin Township firefighter suspended amid alleged racist comments

17 September 2017

In the post, Franklin township firefighter Tyler Roysdon, 20, said that if he had to choose between saving a dog or a black man from a burning building, he would give the dog precedent over the human. Why?

The comment was later taken down from his Facebook page, which features a cover photo of the Confederate flag and a black and white skull.

Because he is a volunteer, Roysdon is only paid when he is called to duty.

Morris said based on Roysdon's comments, it's questionable if Roysdon should be a Franklin Township firefighter. "Upon gaining knowledge of this information, Fire Chief Steve Bishop immediately contacted the firefighter and directed the comments be removed".

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A volunteer firefighter was suspended indefinitely without pay Tuesday after he wrote on Facebook that he would rather save a dog than a black man. That decision will be made by the township board of trustees after a September 27 disciplinary hearing.

Although he has deleted the comments on Facebook, this was not before it was screen-grabbed.

"Everyone deserves a second chance and is also entitled to their own opinion", she added. A Franklin Township administrator says the suspension is the most Bishop could do, as he doesn't have the authority to fire employees.

Although listed as a volunteer firefighter, Roysdon did receive payment for each emergency he responded to within the township, WHIO reports.

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Brian Morris, a township trustee, said Roysdon's remarks were clearly out of bounds by any estimation.

"Even if you take race out of it, it still would be wrong".

"There is no reason for him to say that anytime, anywhere.That should never be said". "We're volunteers, we're doing this because we love the community".

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Volunteer Franklin Township firefighter suspended amid alleged racist comments