An Ohio firefighter lost his job because he saw a racist Facebook post and was apparently unable to resist the urge to share it on his own page.
Bradly Baugh had been a firefighter for only a few weeks when he lost his job with the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division over a Facebook post that used a racial slur to mock black people, high school dropouts and fast food workers, reported the Dayton Daily News.
The post was reported to the department, which fired him March 9 after a brief internal investigation.
“We need public support and public trust to do our job,” said Chief Brian Miller. “When we have somebody who interferes with those things and interrupts our mission and our ability to effectively conduct business we have to act.”
The 39-year-old Baugh was a firefighter only briefly, but he had worked for the city of Springfield since 2007 and was previously a lieutenant for the German Township Fire and EMS Department.
Miller declined to describe the March 3 social media post responsible for Baugh’s termination, but the newspaper obtained a screen shot of it through a public records request.
“N*ggas dropout of school & get a job at McDonald’s talking bout ‘On My Grind’ Yeah, okay, GRIND me up a Oreo Mcflurry with yo dumbass,” the post reads.
A firefighters union official told the Springfield News-Sun the union would investigate the firing to ensure all contract rules were followed, but he condemned Baugh’s actions.