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Black Peers Stand Up In Support For Fired Watermelon-Gifting Firefighter #o4a #Detroit

Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 12th, 2017

Much to his surprise, a fired Detroit firefighter is getting a big show of support from other firefighters.

Robert Pattinson was fired for bringing a watermelon to his new post at Engine 55 after some whining black firefighters there were offended.

Wanting to avoid backlash, Fire Commissioner Eric Jones fired Mr Pattison.

But a social media post by Detroit firefighter Tadarius Spearman stuck up for Pattinson, including a group photo of him with other African-American firefighters.

“Just want to let everyone know he’s a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions,” he wrote. “And our entire class (is) supporting him in this. Especially us African-Americans and that’s all that needs to be said. Stay up brother. #DFD.”

Last week Jones released a statement to FOX 2 saying there was zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior inside the Detroit Fire Department.

“On Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Engine 55, a trial firefighter (probationary employee) engaged in unsatisfactory work behavior which was deemed offensive and racially insensitive to members of the Detroit Fire Department,” Jones wrote. “After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the best course of action was to terminate the employment of this probationary employee.”

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