Fire Station Toilet Paper Sparks Investigation in Florida

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue is investigating who is responsible for stocking Station 103 with toilet paper that bears the face of President Barack Obama.

According to spokeswoman Sandra King the incident “is being fully investigated as a ‘politically motivated, conduct unbecoming situation.'”

King also told reporters “If you have an opinion you’re certainly entitled to it, everyone has their opinion. Put it on your own personal vehicle or your own personal things…  But you don’t display it on city property, on city grounds that maybe someone else doesn’t agree with that politically motivated and its inappropriate.”

The same station was investigated last year when a firefighter complained that another firefighter affixed an anti-Obama bumper sticker to his locker.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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