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Last Monday, 41-year-old Robert Pattison went to introduce himself to his fellow firefighters at Engine 55 at Joy and Southfield in Detroit.
Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty calls it a tradition for firefighters.
And Pattison, a probationary firefighter, decided to bring a watermelon wrapped in a pink ribbon.
We’re told some African-American firefighters were instantly offended since 90 percent of the people who work at Engine 55 are black.
FOX 2: “Is it racially insensitive to bring a watermelon into a fire house?”
“To some people,” McCarty said.
FOX 2 spoke to Pattison by phone who claims it was not a joke – and he did not mean to offend his fellow firefighters. But he clearly did.