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SMACSS Alert: Firefighter posts response video complaining about having to go out in the rain

Florida firefighter says he's getting death threats over video

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A SMACSS (Social Media Assisted Career Suicide Syndrome) Alert from Florida where a Glades County firefighter from Moore Haven posted a video on Snapchat showing him responding to an overturned vehicle. In the video (above), the firefighter complains–with some profanity–about having to respond in the rain and get wet. While there’s a good chance the comments weren’t serious or were meant to be a bit sarcastic, it isn’t playing well. In the TV report, a friend of the crash victims says he’s quite unhappy with the video.

The firefighter has gone to the sheriff in his home county of Hendry saying he’s getting death threats because of the video. As you will see in the report, he isn’t getting much sympathy from the Hendry County sheriff who said, “If one of my guys had made a video like that and posted it, they wouldn’t have a job here tomorrow.”

At the same time, the public safety director in Glades County told reporter Simone Cuccurullo,  “It is in the process of being handled. It will be taken care of.”

My first question is why is anyone who is responding to an emergency shooting and narrating a video for Snapchat? Is this a thing? Is everyone now trying to do their own “Live Rescue” TV show?

Simone Cuccurullo, WBBH/WZVN-TV:

In a report filed with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, LaBelle resident Robert aka “Bobby” Sarazen said he’s receiving threats on social media, stemming from the Snapchat he posted on June 17.

“He filmed it and was saying some derogatory things about it,” Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden said. But Whidden said there’s not much he can do for Sarazen because there’s no immediate threat.

“The sad reality is when you make your own bed sometimes you have to lay in it,” Whidden said.

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