A firefighter in Providence, Rhode Island has been fired after telling a black woman to “stop eating fried chicken” when she called for help.
WPRI reports that Andre Ferro, who has faced disciplinary action in the past for violating the department’s sexual harassment policy, was fired for making the racially insensitive comments on Tuesday.
“After considering his previous disciplinary history, Ferro’s conduct of March 15, 2017, and the context in which it arose and the potential damage to the reputation of the Providence Fire Department as a result of firefighter Ferro’s conduct, the board finds the only appropriate penalty to be imposed is termination,” the Fire Department Trial Board wrote in its 2-1 decision.
According to their decision, Ferro responded to a medical call at about 7 pm on March 15. The woman had a “nosebleed that would not stop.” While other firefighters tried to stop the woman’s bleeding nose, Ferro allegedly told the woman’s daughter that her mom “should stop eating fried chicken.”