A firefighter has been suspended for saying he’d save a dog from a burning house before a black man.
Tyler Roysdon’s volunteer role with the Franklin Township fire service, in New Jersey, did not last long after his Facebook post was discovered.
According to a screenshot taken by local news channel FOX 19,
Roysdon wrote: ‘That’s because one dog is more important than a million n******.’
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.
In a statement from Township officials, the volunteer firefighter’s post was branded ‘unacceptable’ and he was suspended without pay, WHIO reports.
Recently, a Franklin Township volunteer firefighter posted unacceptable remarks on social media,’ the township’s statement read.
‘Upon gaining knowledge of this information, Fire Chief Steve Bishop immediately contacted the firefighter and directed the comments be removed.
‘The firefighter was suspended without pay until the Board of Township Trustees could meet to determine a course of action.’
The fate of Roysdon at the fire service hasn’t been totally settled – a disciplinary hearing on September 27 will decide if he can return to crews, as Chief Bishop cannot personally sack employees.
While Roysdon did not reply to Metro.co.uk for comment, a woman who claimed to be Roysdon’s wife said he was sorry and admitted he shouldn’t have posted his remarks on Facebook.
Joei Frame Roysdon wrote: ‘Everyone deserves a second chance and is also entitled to their own opinion.’