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November 20, 2012

No punishment for firefighter's 'vulgar' Facebook comment

Under the employee handbook, the firefighter did not violate any policies

By EMS1 Staff

SWANSEA, Ill. — An Ill. volunteer firefighter will not be punished for a "vulgar" Facebook comment he made.

A Swansea Volunteer Fire Department firefighter reportedly "took a lot of heat" for the post, which has since been taken down, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

It is unclear what the nature of the post was, but Chief John McGuire said that the firefighter learned his lesson and was "confident it won't happen again."

Under the employee handbook, the firefighter did not violate any policies, meaning any disciplinary action was up to Chief McGuire.

Swansea Village trustee Susan Schultz said she was disappointed in Chief McGuire's decision, with other board members still encouraging disciplinary action.

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Paul Martin Paul Martin Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:55:55 AM How is this possibly a story? "somebody said something bad, we don't know what it was, they didn't get punished". Whoever wrote this should be embarrassed.
George Delaney George Delaney Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:23:50 PM Would of, could of, should have.
George Delaney George Delaney Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:24:26 PM Would of, could of, should of.
Pat Radford Pat Radford Wednesday, November 21, 2012 2:52:03 PM in a nut shell someone said something that offended somebody.....right.
Bill Cartwright Bill Cartwright Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5:19:26 PM Everyone was offended by what someone posted on facebook that may or may not be aimed at anyone so, no one was punished. Did I get that right?
Chuck Shivery Chuck Shivery Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:59:22 PM I agree. There's not much content to the story.
Chuck Shivery Chuck Shivery Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:59:56 PM You can say that again.
Chuck Shivery Chuck Shivery Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:00:05 PM Oh, I guess you did.
Thomas Kopaskie II Thomas Kopaskie II Friday, November 23, 2012 7:31:03 AM Sounds like the Village trustee is trying to make herself a name by challenging the Chief's decision. Something happened, it wasn't great, the chief handled it. End of "story," Why does the trustee even need to be involved?

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