Racist Facebook post over NFL protests brings trouble at paramedic’s 2 jobs & for her firefighter husband
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Why is it people just can’t figure this out? Is there such little self-control or such serious anger management issues out there that people just can’t remember what happened to others who did crap like this?
The latest incidents of public safety folks with racist rants is from Massachusetts where the Facebook post above brought a paramedic serious trouble at two jobs. According to news reports, Linda Kimball was fired from Vital Ambulance Company, a private firm, and is currently suspended — pending a hearing — from her on-call EMS job in the Town of Sterling.
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If that isn’t enough, Kimball’s husband Mark, a firefighter and paramedic in Charlton, is under investigation for remarks he posted defending his wife.
And, of course, it isn’t just those in public safety losing jobs over Facebook posts. Yesterday (Monday), Hayley Geftman-Gold, an attorney for CBS, was fired after posting that victims of the Las Vegas massacre did not deserve sympathy because many were “Republican gun toters.”
Sterling Fire Chief David Hurlbut Jr. said in a news release that the department received information about a Facebook post made by on-call paramedic Linda Kimball and launched an internal investigation.
The post, which drew criticism online, is a picture of the Patriots players kneeling during their Sept. 24 game. In the Facebook post listed under Linda Kimball, she calls the players “porch monkeys” and “entitled.” She tells the players they needed to stand up.
Kimball is not scheduled to work any shifts for the department and will not be scheduled as the internal investigation continues, Hurlbut said. The investigation will determine her future employment status.
In the meantime, a separate investigation is underway in Charlton, where Ms. Kimball’s husband, Mark Kimball, is a firefighter and medic. On social media, Mr. Kimball strongly defended his wife.
According to Charlton Fire Chief Charles Cloutier Jr., an internal investigation is being conducted by Town Administrator Robin Craver and town counsel. The chief said the situation is being taken seriously. Reached Monday morning, Ms. Craver said she could not comment on the situation.
“The views expressed in the posts are not condoned by the Charlton Fire Department,” Chief Cloutier said. “We will continue to serve our community and the public with utmost courtesy, professionalism and respect.”