Anyone who watches the news knows that ill-advised social media posts can land people in hot water – and, this week, the Board of Directors of the Julian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department announced that two “members” were dismissed over comments related to immigration that were deemed inappropriate and offensive.
The press release did not specify whether those were members of the board or of the department generally.
On Tuesday, July 2, the fire department’s Board of Directors met, and, the following day, announced that the two were no longer associated with the department. According to a Wednesday, July 3 press release from Board President James Jones, that meeting was held “to address concerns that arose from comments posted on social media by a member that occurred the previous day.”
The release didn’t detail the nature of the comments but stated that those remarks – “and subsequent actions by a second member” – led to the department’s decision.
The fire department’s board also stated that the postings “do not represent the community-oriented values of this department.”
The Board of Directors determined that both people involved would no longer be affiliated with the department.
According to the press release, the Julian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department respects all residents and visitors of the Julian Fire District regardless of their “sex, race, color, national origin, religion, political views or sexual orientation.”
The release also stated on Wednesday that the fire department is now working with the governments of Guilford County and Randolph County to “re-establish the trust of the community.”
As of July 3, Guilford County Fire Marshal Stephen Thomas will serve as the interim fire chief for the department.
The statement from the volunteer fire department concludes: “We deeply regret the actions of our former members and we apologize to anyone that may have been offended.”
All I know from this article is that two members of the Julian Fire Dept., right down the road from me, were let go due to their comments posted to social media related to immigration. Why aren’t we told the exact wording and context of the social media posts so we can evaluate for ourselves? Not being told the exact truth makes sensible Americans believe that two people have been let go because they may be opposed to our wide open borders and the attendant human smuggling, child sex trafficking, drug and weapons smuggling, etc. that Democrats, the United Nations, and Pope Francis in his incredibly high walls demand for America.
I certainly hope the PC mind wipes have not taken over tiny Julian, NC.
They did nothing wrong….take a census….most of the Americans believe in what they said. It has nothing to do with the professionalism of their job on the fire dept. and is the most ludicrous thing ever. No one and I mean no one can tell me
who to dislike or to like and I certainly do not like the invasion on American soil and that they expect us to keep them up.
Look at the kids….they are the cleanest they have ever been, they have regular meals, better sleeping arrangement, etc.
Send them all back…Mexican, Hondurans, Muslims, Kamala Harris, and all the democrazies with them……
This is no longer America the beautiful. Free speech is dead. Every one has the right to express out opinions and ideas and beliefs. No one has the right to tell us otherwise. If things in this country don’t change we will all be dead soon. Dismissing these two persons is evil. We have stopped respecting other persons if they don’t say and act the way some narrow minded person in charge doesn’t agree with our thinking.
Social media, despite any good that comes from its application, has become a blight on our society because it has curtailed free thought and speech. Instead of opening debate on serious issues that need to be discussed it shuts it down. Anyone who thinks they can post what they really think about any subject is misguided. The thought police are alive and well. Did anyone read Orwell’s 1984?