Aurora deputy fire chief investigated for social media posts after Black firefighter union expressed concern

FOX31 (Denver): A high-ranking Aurora fire official is under investigation for private Facebook posts that some current and former firefighters found offensive and racially insensitive.

“We are disappointed but not surprised by Operations Chief Stephen McInerny’s Facebook post,” said the Colorado Black Professional Firefighters organization, a group that represents fire personnel in various Colorado cities. “We support every American’s First Amendment right and their freedom to exercise their rights, but given our nation’s social climate and the recent event with Elijah McClain in the City of Aurora, we feel it is irresponsible for anyone holding a high position to make such a post.”

A screengrab of an August 2020 re-post on McInerny’s page depicts a man in a military uniform with the caption, “This is what a HERO looks like…unlike the whiny pathetic professional athletes that think they are special.”

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