New York Fire Department Bans Family Photos From Lockers
This is absolutely shocking. (FoxNews)
n a stunning crackdown, the FDNY has demanded that all personal decorations, including flags and pictures of colleagues killed on Sept. 11, 2001, be removed from lockers, WCBSTV reported.
The controversy began two weeks ago when a sexually explicit slogan was reported at Engine 230 in Brooklyn. In response, FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta banned all decorations, including American flags, "Support Our Troops" stickers, pictures of family and Mass cards.
I can understand the removal of a sexual explicit slogan, however, removing photos of friends who were killed on 9/11? Family photos? American Flags? And so on.
And what do the pinheads say?
"No city agency should permit the work place to display inappropriate stuff," said Mylan Denerstein, the FDNY's deputy commissioner for legal affairs.
Since when is a photo of a fallen comrade, or the American flag, considered "inappropriate stuff?"
Photos of fallen comrades and photos of friends is a warm reminder of why first responders do what they do: they put their lives on the line for all of us, each and everyday. Taking these decorations away from them is not only a slap in the face, but also detrimental to team morale.
How long will it take for the pinheads in charge to realize that they made a mistake and apologize?
In the meantime, the firefighters union has engaged legal council and is pursuing the matter through the courts. The Union is also sending American Flag decals to every fire fighter in the department. This is one of the few times where I actually agree with what a union is doing.
As for Scoppetta and Denerstein, what kind of leadership example are they setting? Perhaps they should be replaced.