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SMACSS Alert: Racist Facebook comment causes trouble for Arkansas firefighter

Comment was in reaction to arrests in Air Force airman's murder

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You’d think it possible for those involved in public safety to grieve the senseless murder of a member of our armed forces without turning into a racial attack via social media. Once again, that’s not the case. This SMACSS Alert comes from the Jacksonville, Arkansas area where a volunteer firefighter with the North Pulaski Fire Department has been dropped as a member. As often happens, it’s the fire department getting slammed now on social media because of the actions of one member. Good for the chief in apparently taking swift action and addressing it very publicly.

For those who don’t know, SMACSS stands for Social Media Assisted Career Suicide Syndrome.

Re’Chelle Turner, KARK-TV:

A Facebook post takes a racist turn causing a volunteer firefighter to lose his job and the North Pulaski Fire Department to deactivate its Facebook page.

The post comes after two black men were arrested and accused in the death of a Little Rock Air Force Base airman during a store robbery.

The social media post was shared hundreds of times since Tuesday and getting a lot of attention.

The firefighter who posted it told North Pulaski Fire Chief Randy Blakey his wife actually wrote it.

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