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Slowly I turn: Niagara Falls fire chief canned over comments posted on Baltimore officers union website.

Baltimore Fire Officer (IAFF Local 964) forum

After The Buffalo News asked about Niagara Falls (NY) Fire Chief Roger Melchior’s postings on the forum of the Baltimore Fire Officers Association the mayor fired the chief. According to the paper, postings under Melchior’s name referred to people from Cairo as “camel jockeys”. Melchior, 63, previously worked in Baltimore and Green Bay.

The paper says it was contacted by a ranking firefighter in Baltimore concerned about the comments.

The article says Melchior had been under fire after taking a two week vacation following a long medical leave shortly after he started in Niagara Falls. 

Here’s more from the story by Nancy A. Fischer:

Late last week, Melchior denied to a reporter — then to city officials — that he posted any messages on the forum used by firefighters in Baltimore, where he once worked, and said that someone must have been posting under his name.

Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster and other city leaders, however, concluded that because some of the posts contained information about meetings and other events in the Falls that were known only to a small number of people, Melchoir was misleading them.

“There were two separate issues,” Dyster said today. “What comments were posted and did he own up to posting them? He did not.”

The flap involving the online postings was “just the icing on the cake” which led to Melchior’s termination, (City Council Chairman Samuel) Fruscione said. He said there were other problems the Council had with him.

“Since his appointment in November, he has hardly ever worked. He spent most of time on sick leave and vacation time,” the Council president said. “He wasn’t a big performer overall.”

He collapsed shortly after he was sworn in, and after leaving the hospital, collapsed again at his home, breaking his leg.

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  • Anonymous

    An unjust action, where on the web site forum section in question ANYONE could post anything leaving someone else’s name and that frequently occurs.

    Read for yourself…

    http://www.baltimorefireofficers.com/fireofficers/_Forum7/index.htm

  • Kurt

    He actually worked in a suburb near Green Bay named Allouez.

  • Big Ed

    He wasn’t fire just for that comment. He was fired because he never worked. Who wants a fire chief who can’t even stand on his own two feet without collapsing. It’s time to retire to Florida old man.

  • HOOKMAN

    Sounds like someone in Bmore had it out for him..However, when he brings a lawsuit against the City of Niagra Falls for violations of his first amendment rights, the city will have to prove he wasn’t terminated for what he wrote, but in the article, it clearly states he was. If being on annual and sick leave because of an injury is cause to lose your job, then they should have fired him a while ago. Saying this was icing on the cake or what they needed to fire him, is BS…then again, he said he didn’t write this, so if the IP address from the computer doesn’t match up, I’d say welcome to the millionaire club Mr. Melchlor.

  • Stuart

    They must know something that proves it was him. He probably put something in a post that was specific to him and the senior city staff. Further, it wasn’t his “free speech” that nailed him…it was the remarks about a specific group of people. I think every city has a policy about saying something about another group that insults their race,creed,gender,or sexual orientation. That sort of stuff is nearly always a firing offense. He is a moron for posting something such as what is attributed to him in the story. As a chief, he probably wrote or reviewed similar policies and should have known better.

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