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News reports: Eight FDNY firefighters suspended over Medal Day fights

Both FDNY and NYPD still investigating incidents

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Previously: FDNY Medal Day ends in racial slur fed brawl between firefighters

Thomas Tracy, Daily News:

The FDNY suspended eight firefighters Wednesday for their involvment in a racially charged bare-knuckled brawl hours after the department’s Medal Day ceremony, officials said Wednesday.

Seven firefighters and an FDNY lieutenant were all suspended without pay roughly a week after a racial slur sparked a boozy brawl at Billy’s Bar near Yankee Stadium.

The suspensions will last 30 days, officials said.

The firefighters came from Engine 68, Ladder 49, Ladder 44 and Rescue 3, sources with knowledge of the case said.

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Seven firefighters and one lieutenant assigned to Engine 68, Ladder 49, Ladder 44 and Rescue 3 were off-duty but in uniform when they got into a fight inside Billy’s Bar near Yankee Stadium, which was captured on video.

“Everyone and anyone who engaged in this outrageous behavior will be held accountable,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said last week.

The FDNY released a statement saying it had initiated an investigation and “since obtained disturbing video that we have shared with the city’s Department of Investigation.”

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