Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

A Los Angeles firefighter is investigating his reaction to the city’s vaccine mandate. The unidentified LAFD employee, who received a letter from the fire department, pulled his pants down and wiped his buttocks with them before leaving it on the ground.

The incident allegedly took place at Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades.

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The Los Angeles Stentorians, who represent African-American firefighters in the city, called the incident a “dismissable” offense.

One-shot Johnson & amp;  Johnson's Janssen Covid-19 vaccine is administered to people living on the streets by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Covid Outreach Unit in Los Angeles on June 14, 2021.

One-shot Johnson & amp; Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 vaccine is administered to people living on the streets by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Covid Outreach Unit in Los Angeles on June 14, 2021.
(FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images)

“LA City Stentorians are sick and disgusted by this horrific display of unprofessionalism,” they said in a statement.

The LA Times reports that The Stentorians took further action by urging the city’s mayor, city council and fire commission to respond quickly to the action. LAFD spokeswoman said the department takes the firefighter’s reaction seriously

“No matter how our members react, all city employees must comply with city ordinances – either apply for a waiver, be vaccinated or face dismissal,” a LAFD spokesman told the LA Times.

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Several reactions came from the president of the fire commission, Jimmie Woods-Gray, who was “beyond appalled.”

Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas speaks during LAFD Recruit Academy Class 2021-1 Graduation Ceremony at LAFD Valley Recruit Training Academy 81 in Panorama City, Friday, November 19, 2021.

Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas speaks during LAFD Recruit Academy Class 2021-1 Graduation Ceremony at LAFD Valley Recruit Training Academy 81 in Panorama City, Friday, November 19, 2021.
(Hans Gutknecht / MediaNews Group / Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

So far, the unidentified firefighter has been put on paid administrative leave.

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The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation's annual Valor Awards at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation’s annual Valor Awards at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
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The city’s new vaccination mandate encourages employees to sign compliance notices. Those who are still waiting to be vaccinated or want exemptions must submit documentation for vaccination by 18 December.

Those who refuse to comply must go unpaid and be taken off.

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