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Detroit fire commissioner unhappy with firefighters posing in front of burning vacant home

Group picture was meant to celebrate a retirement from Detroit Fire Department

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A group SMACSS (Social Media Assisted Career Suicide Syndrome) is under investigation in Detroit as the new year begins. It surrounds a picture posted New Year’s Eve (and now removed) showing Detroit firefighters posing in front of a burning vacant home as a way to commemorate a colleague’s retirement.

Detroit Fire Incidents posted and later removed the image:

In regards to the photo that was removed we would like to clear a few things up, First of us no one at this page took…

Posted by Detroit Fire Incidents Page on Wednesday, January 1, 2020


“There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement. Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them,” said Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones.

This was his response to the social media post showing Detroit firefighters posing in front of a burning house. The photo was posted on New Year’s Eve.

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JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press:

The photo generated more than 300 reactions and 50 comments on Facebook. Many comments wished the firefighters a Happy New Year, although some said the photo left a bad impression.

One firefighter asked the Facebook page’s operator to take down the photo and said “the dept is threatening to fire me.”

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