Update: Black firefighters support Detroit probationary firefighter fired over watermelon

  • Source: FireRescue1
  • Published: 10/11/2017 12:00 AM

A firefighter who was terminated for alleged racist misconduct is receiving support from his former colleagues. FOX2 reported that probationary firefighter Robert Pattison was fired for bringing a watermelon to his new station that is predominantly black on his first day after some African-American firefighters were offended. Pattison claims the gesture was not meant to be a racist joke, and a social media post by firefighter Tadarius Spearman showed support for Pattison with a photo of him and other African-American firefighters. "Just want to let everyone know he's a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions," the post said. "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."


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