Firefighter quits amid racial harassm...

Firefighter quits amid racial harassment claim

There are 2 comments on the Carroll Co. Times story from Dec 26, 2006, titled Firefighter quits amid racial harassment claim. In it, Carroll Co. Times reports that:

A member of the Taneytown fire company who quit after claiming he was subject to racial harassment said he has yet to receive an apology.

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Planetree

Westminster, MD

#1 Dec 28, 2006
When I moved to Taneytown, I was relieved to have left behind the unfriendly coldness of Montgomery County. I love living in this new town of mine because of it's friendliness. But now that I know about the racist attitudes of my own fire company, I feel ashamed of my town's department. Where and when did this behavior become acceptable in 2006 and is there even a Code of Conduct in the Fire Department? What's next Taneytown? The KKK? Does our Fire Department pick and chose to respond to a home whose occupants are not white?
Appologize now before this gets worse. And seriously look into some form of PR damage control. As this city grows, the population will find less and less tolerance of this backwoods behavior from it's town's officials, elected or not. Also, the FD might want to look into the Cival Rights Act again. Perhaps it's been awhile.
Ralphie

Owings Mills, MD

#2 Jan 3, 2007
I moved to Taneytown about 10 years ago. I learned quickly that if you weren't born & raised in Taneytown you will forever be considered an outsider. I feel the "Good ol Boy Mentality" of the Townspeople need to realize the Civil War has been over for quite some time. Taneytown's community has been growing with new housing and population. Unfortunatly their mindset has not grown with it.
The really sad part of all this is THE MAN IS A FIREFIGHTER! He risks his life to save yours. If your house was burning do you think you would really care the RACE or Ethnicity of the PERSON coming to save your butt? Bet you would be happy to see him then.

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