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The Rochester Fire Department captain accused of taking on-duty firefighters to a racist party has retired.
The City of Rochester says Capt. Jeffrey Krywy was required to leave the department following an investigation by the city.
“As of Monday, he has chosen to retire before termination proceedings begin,” according to a statement from Rochester Mayor Malik Evans.
A Black firefighter in upstate New York alleges a commanding officer pressured him to attend a private party in July that contained racist imagery.
Jerrod Jones, a 14-year veteran of the Rochester Fire Department, filed a notice of claim August 11 saying the private party occurred in a Rochester home in one of the city’s wealthiest communities. The notice of claim is an administrative filing required in New York before Jones may file a lawsuit in court against the city and its fire department.
Jones said he was led to believe he was attending a community event and was immediately uneasy as he arrived at the party where he noticed a large cut-out of former President Donald Trump as well as two large Juneteenth flags with buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken “prominently displayed,” according to the filing.