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Texas firefighter loses 3 jobs over Facebook post about hunting immigrants

Firefighter worked part time for 3 different agencies in Harris County area

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According to news reports, Chris Bush lost all three of his fire and EMS jobs in the Harris County, Texas area thanks to this Facebook post (above). Bush had worked part time for Westfield Fire Department, Bellaire Fire Department and Harris County Emergency Medical Service.

Miya Shay, KTRK-TV:

“His choice of occupation, which is essentially rendering aid and saving lives seemed at odds with someone saying let’s hunt people,” said Michele Barth, one of many shocked by the Facebook posting.

“Well, I don’t believe we should let other people over until we take care of people under our freeways,” said Cindy Bush. She also said her husband was not available for comment.

Bush spent the most time at Westfield Fire Department, where he first joined as a junior firefighter volunteer more than 30 years ago. He was a paid part-time firefighter there, where he worked alongside Chief Stephen Whitehead for three decades.

“Shocked, disappointed, outraged for the shame it brought to him and the department,” said Chief Whitehead, who says Bush’s 30 years with the department is now over. “He messed up, he was sorry, and he wishes he could take it back.”

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City of Bellaire statement:

Wednesday morning we became aware of an inappropriate and offensive social media post by a part-time firefighter. Upon learning of that post, we took immediate and appropriate action, and the individual is no longer employed with the City of Bellaire.

Dr. Setul Patel, Accute Medical:

Mr. Bush is no longer employed at Acute Medical Services. We at AMS champion diversity and respect all dimensions of life, and do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, ethnicity and national origin, accessibility, disability, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, marital status, veteran status or any other human dimension. As public servants, we have a duty to serve all human life that needs our help.”

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