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FDNY ladder crew suspended after taking rig to politician’s office over vaccine mandate

Commissioner Nigro accuses Ladder 113 crew of harassment after senator's staff felt threatened

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With today’s (Friday) 5:00 pm vaccine deadline approaching, a crew of FDNY firefighters has already beeen suspended. Commissioner Dan Nigro says Ladder 113’s crew has been relieved of duty after they drove the rig to the Brooklyn office of State Senator Zellnor Myrie. The office is about three blocks from Ladder 113’s quarters. WNBC-TV reports the firefighters wanted to know where Myrie lives.

Myles Miller, WNBC-TV:

The crew is accused of telling his staffers they would have “blood on their hands” Monday when unvaccinated workers must go on unpaid leave if not given a religious exemption.

The group of firefighters also allegedly told the staff that if a fire was reported at Myrie’s home they would not respond.

“This is a highly inappropriate act by on duty members of this Department who should only be concerned with responding to emergencies and helping New Yorkers and not harassing an elected official and his staff. The members in question have been immediately relieved of duty and will face disciplinary action.” (statement from Commissioner Nigro).

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Shant Shahrigian & Thomas Tracy, New York Post:

When a staffer asked why they wanted the senator’s home address, one firefighter said “blood will be on his hands” if the COVID vaccination mandate goes through, officials said.

“I’m okay with people holding differences of opinion and expressing them strongly or explicitly to me,” Myrie told the Daily News, adding he was speaking to students at a nearby school at the time of the incident.

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