Volunteer firefighter's 'dog' comments warrant firing, says local NAACP president

Published: Sep. 18, 2017 at 5:32 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2017 at 6:49 PM EDT
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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A volunteer firefighter for Franklin Township was recently suspended for racist remarks posted to Facebook. Now, the president of NAACP Middletown is calling for him to be fired.

Franklin Township officials say they'll meet with Tyler Roysdon on Sept. 27 to discuss remarks such as this:

Roysdon has been suspended indefinitely. Township officials have said such behavior is not acceptable, adding they'll be able to provide more information after that Sept. 27 disciplinary hearing.

Roysdon has also been accused of posting to social media he'd consider saving a dog before saving a human being:

Dora Bronston, president of NAACP Middletown, says a message must be clear that no racial bias of any source should be tolerated:

Statement To Call For Franklin  Firefighter Tyler Roysdon's Termination

Fire Chief Steve Bishop must terminate Fireman Roysdon for violating the Fireman's Code of Ethics. A message must be clear that no racial bias of any source can be tolerated. A suspension would a slap on the hand. 

Please click on the link U.S. Fire Administration Code of Ethics and review the bullet to "Never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual preference, medical condition or handicap. Thereafter, review the bullet that states to "Responsibly use social networking, electronic communications, or other media technology opportunities in a manner that does not discredit, dishonor or embarrass my organization, the fire service and the public. I also understand that failure to resolve or report inappropriate use of this media equates to condoning this behavior." The Fireman who pledged to abide by these Code of Ethics swore to adhere to the principles of  this valuable career. As we are making valuable progress in our cities, we cannot allow any staff members cause us to lose ground. 

Joei Frame Roysdon, who identified herself to FOX19 NOW as the firefighter's wife, has said her husband admitted he said things that were wrong and has apologized.

"Everyone deserves a second change and is also entitled to their own opinion," she said.

Below is the township's full statement:

This is not acceptable behavior for a township employee. As a rule all employees are given a closed door disciplinary hearing that gives them a chance to provide witnesses or evidence providing their innocence. We can provide more information after the hearing on September 27th.

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