Ohio Firefighter Says He'd Save Dogs Before Black Men

Tyler Roysdon, 20, of Franklin Township has been suspended without pay
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2017 4:12 PM CDT
Tyler Roysdon, 20, of Ohio was suspended as a volunteer firefighter after posting on Facebook that he would save a dog from a burning building over a black man.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A volunteer firefighter in Ohio has been suspended without pay after posting on Facebook that he would save a dog from a burning building over a black man, WHIO reports. According to Raw Story, 20-year-old Tyler Roysdon of Franklin Township added, "one dog is more important than a million n*ggers." Roysdon was suspended by Fire Chief Steve Bishop. It's unclear how Bishop learned of the now-deleted Facebook post. A Franklin Township administrator says the suspension is the most Bishop could do, as he doesn't have the authority to fire employees. That authority lies with the Board of Trustees, who have scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Sept. 27.

“Even if you take race out of it, it still would be wrong," Brian Morris tells WHIO. "I’m disgusted in what he said." Still, the president of the Board of Trustees wouldn't say definitively Roysdon should be fired for his comment. "I think it's something you have to step back and take a look at," Morris tells Fox 45. Meanwhile, Roysdon's wife tells Fox 19 her husband has apologized for the post. “Everyone deserves a second chance and is also entitled to their own opinion," Joei Frame Roysdon says. One group willing to say Roysdon shouldn't be allowed to serve as a firefighter: the NAACP of Dayton. “As a public servant who is in position to save American lives, the hate he embodies has no place in American society," president Derrick Foward says. (Read more racism stories.)

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