I’m usually not with the social media mob, but in this case I might bend my personal rules a little bit.
A firefighter lost his volunteer position at Mabank, Texas fire department for sympathizing with Dylann Roof, the alleged murder behind the Charleston massacre.
The racist comment seemingly written by Kurtis Cook this week said Roof “needs to be praised for the good deed he has done” in the killing of nine people Wednesday.
Cook’s statement posted Thursday as well sparked an internal investigation that eventually cost him his job a day later, fire officials announced.
“The Mabank Fire Department Command Staff has terminated Kurtis Cook as a volunteer Firefighter permanently and has trespassed him from all Mabank Fire Department property,” the department’s spokesperson wrote Friday afternoon. “The Mabank Fire Department does not condone nor promote these type of actions or thoughts. On behalf of all members, the Mabank Fire Department offers our deepest apologies to all that were offended by his actions and comments.”
It’s not clear where on Facebook Cook apparently wrote his insensitive opinion, but a screenshot obtained by KETK-TV shows that another Facebook user encouraged those that were offended to call Mabank and report the firefighter.
Here’s a screenshot of the comment he made:
Yeah I dunno, I don’t think we want these kinds of people being first responders in charge of our neighbor’s lives.