NYC firefighters compelled to take away American flag in honor of 9/11 heroes


A flag with a skinny purple line (Wikimedia Commons) and a New York Metropolis Fireplace Division badge photograph

Firefighters in New York Metropolis's East Village had been ordered to take away American flags bearing the “purple line” in honor of the six members of their squad who misplaced their lives on 9/11.

This got here after a neighborhood resident known as the flag “fascist” and New York Metropolis Council member Carlina Rivera puzzled whether or not it was a “politically charged image.”

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NYC firefighter flag known as a 'fascist image' in honor of 9/11 victims

It began when, on March 22, a person claimed he was an worker of Rivera and confronted firefighters at Ladder Firm 11.

The New York Put up experiences, “The person rode a bicycle to the East 2nd Road firehouse and instructed firefighters he labored for Rivera and that the councilwoman's workplace had filed a 'grievance' with the FDNY in regards to the flag three days earlier. ' – which contains a purple stripe in tribute to firefighters injured or killed within the line of obligation.”

Sources stated, “He known as it a 'fascist image' and demanded to know why it was nonetheless up,” notes the Put up.

The story continued:

In an e-mail to FDNY Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Madison Hernandez on March 19, Rivera staffer Lysander Rosario stated “constituents” from the councilwoman's workplace had contacted her twice in regards to the ladder firm flag and requested if the division Is violating the foundations. “(FDNY employees) claimed it was to honor deceased firefighters, nonetheless, (constituents) stated they might have used the FDNY flag as an alternative of a politically charged image,” Rosario wrote.

“It’s each their and our understanding that non-public political symbols will not be allowed to be displayed on public automobiles.”

“Are you able to affirm there are any offending flags/symbols on Stairway 11?” Added the e-mail, which was obtained by The Put up.

Hours after the “constituents” left the firehouse, FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Schiralli met with firefighters there and reluctantly stated that the flag must be taken off the hearth vans as a result of it violated the division's prohibition of “altered” variations of the American flag. Have achieved.

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Hours after the flag was faraway from the hearth truck, the choice was apparently reversed.

“Commissioner Kavanagh and division head John Hodgens reversed the choice and allowed the flag to be put again on the truck,” the Put up reported. “We're pleased with the result – however we're offended that it occurred within the first place,” stated the Ladder 11 firefighter.

“This flag has nice significance for us,” he stated.

9/11 was clearly one of many worst tragedies America has ever skilled. It was undoubtedly the biggest home terrorist assault within the historical past of the US.

And NYC firefighters had been on the entrance traces.

Lots of these heroes misplaced their lives that day making an attempt to guard their fellow residents. We owe him a debt of gratitude.

On the very least, they should be remembered by their brothers. Disgrace on anybody who would say in any other case.

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