An Ohio volunteer firefighter was suspended indefinitely last week after writing a Facebook post in which he said he’d rather save a dog from a burning building than a black person, WHIO-TV reported.
Tyler Roysdon, 20, resigned from the department yesterday following his suspension, The Journal-News reported. The township board of trustees had scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Roysdon on September 27.
Roydson’s post, which has since been removed, reportedly contained multiple racial slurs. The post said he would save a dog from a burning building before a black person because “one dog is more important than a million n****ers.”
Roydson’s Facebook account, which included photos of him dressed in his uniform, also posted memes defending the Confederate flag, The Washington Post reported.
“He admitted that he said the things that were wrong and apologized,” a woman who identified herself as his wife told Fox 19. “Everyone deserves a second chance and is also entitled to their own opinion.”
But NAACP presidents in nearby Dayton and Middleton had quickly called for Roysdon’s termination.
“Fire Chief Steve Bishop must terminate Fireman Roysdon for violating the Fireman’s Code of Ethics,” said Middleton NAACP president Dora Bronston, who is also Middletown’s vice mayor. “A message must be clear that no racial bias of any source can be tolerated.”
“The Fireman who pledged to abide by these Code of Ethics swore to adhere to the principles of this valuable career,” she added. “As we are making valuable progress in our cities, we cannot allow any staff members to cause us to lose ground.”