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Confederate flag on Long Island fire truck ignites controversy

Brookhaven FD say the flag was the work of a lone firefighter who is being disciplined

This is disgraceful and blatantly racist, and has no place in our communities Brookhaven Fire Department. (You do…

Posted by Will Ferraro on Sunday, August 30, 2020

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Controversy today (Sunday) after a fire department ladder truck on Long Island was seen and photographed with a Confederate flag attached to the side of the rig. The truck belongs to the Brookhaven Fire Department. The photograph has been shared on social media and picked up by local news. The Brookhaven Fire Department responded with its on message on Facebook (below) and says this was the work of one firefighter acting alone.

Ryan Bonner, Patch.com:

“The unauthorized action was done without the knowledge of our leadership team and is condemned in the strongest of terms,” Brookhaven Fire Chief Peter Di Pinto Jr. said in a statement.

Di Pinto said disciplinary action has already commenced and the incident “involved a single firefighter, acting alone, during a non-response event.”

Brookhaven Town officials also condemned the display of the flag and called for the fire department to take “serious action.”

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STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE BROOKHAVEN FIRE DEPARTMENT:

Posted by Brookhaven Fire Department on Sunday, August 30, 2020

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