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.
  • Is it the same firefighter who is complaining? Some people just don’t have a sense of humor.

  • Andrew

    Unfortunately, some of the more vocal anti-Obama crowd feel as if their beliefs allow them to do anything their little minds want, in the pursuit of “freedom of speech” while denying that same freedom — along with many, many others — to those who don’t agree.

    Now that the election is over, maybe we can get back to the really important things. Like complaining about firefighter cheesecake calendars. 🙂

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