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A Providence firefighter has been fired for saying an African-American woman should “stop eating fried chicken” when he responded to a medical call earlier this year.
Andre Ferro, a firefighter who has previously faced disciplinary action for violating the department’s sexual harassment policy, was terminated for making racially-insensitive comments by the city’s Fire Department Trial Board Tuesday, according to Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.
According to the board’s decision, Ferro responded to a medical call to an apartment on Dodge Street around 7 p.m. on March 15 for a woman with a “nosebleed that would not stop.” While other firefighters attempted to stop the person’s nosebleed, Ferro allegedly told the woman’s daughter her mom “should stop eating fried chicken.”