Friday, January 12, 2007
The FDNY Fights Back
I know from first hand information that fire departments have not been exempt from the grip of the politically-correct movement. Even self-deprecating humor can have you sitting before a panel of officers fighting to keep your job.
NYC firefighters have been told that all locker decorations (including flags, 9/11 memorabilia, Mass cards and pictures of fallen firefighters) were banned from here on out.
Their union struck back by handing out over 10,000 flag stickers. Now the brass is backpedaling:
"...The fire department later Wednesday issued a statement that sought to alleviate firefighters' concerns.
"Over the past 18 months, the New York City Fire Department has made a concerted effort to eliminate offensive material from firehouses. However, American flags and mass cards of firefighters killed on Sept. 11, 2001, are certainly permitted."
But earlier, it appeared the FDNY was sticking to its guns.
"No city agency should permit the work place to display inappropriate stuff," said Mylan Denerstein, the FDNY's deputy commissioner for legal affairs.
The union has retained civil rights attorney Ron Kuby to fight the regulation. Kuby once famously defended associates of the Gambino crime family and once handled a controversial plea deal for alleged mobster John Gotti Jr.
"Treating firefighters like unruly high school students is demeaning, insulting," Kuby said. While some firefighters are fighting and dying in Iraq, Kuby told a news conference on the steps of City Hall, "we don't trust them to decorate their lockers?" (source)
The sad thing is, I'm sure the policeman and fireman feel like the clamp down coincided with women joining the forces...