Los Angeles, CA – A firefighter has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) investigates allegations he dropped his pants and wiped his butt with a vaccination compliance notice he was given by a supervisor.
The incident occurred on Nov. 18 at LAFD Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades after the firefighter was given the compliance notice instructing him to provide proof of vaccination by Dec. 18, the Los Angeles Times reported.
City workers who refuse to sign the notices will be taken off duty and won’t be paid while they wait to get a “notice of separation,” according to a memo Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sent to all city departments.
The Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group of African-American firefighters, filed a complaint with the Board of Fire Commissioners about the firefighter’s “horrific display of unprofessionalism,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
The complaint said that when the firefighter was handed the notice, he dropped his pants and wiped his butt with the noncompliance letter.
The Stentorians complaint alleged that the firefighter left fecal matter on the document and dropped it to the ground, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The LA City Stentorians are sickened and disgusted by this horrific display of unprofessionalism,” the group said in a statement. “To date, we have not heard from anyone from the LAFD administration condemning this act of blatant disrespect and harassment.”
The statement released by the Stentorians included a picture of a man holding what appeared to be the soiled letter, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The group said that that an LAFD captain and a chief officer witnessed the disgusting stunt.
The group called for the mayor, the Los Angeles City Council, and the Board of Fire Commissioners “to take swift and immediate action to deter any city employee from feeling entitled and not encouraged but empowered to behave in such an embarrassing and threatening manner.”
The Stentorians called the firefighter’s behavior a “terminable” offense, the Los Angeles Times reported.
LAFD spokeswoman Cheryl Getuiza said the fire department was “aware of an incident where a member responded inappropriately to a hand delivered letter to comply.”
Getuiza called the allegations serious and said the department had taken immediate action when they heard about it, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“No matter how our members react, all city employees must abide by the city ordinance — either file for an exemption, get vaccinated, or face termination,” she explained.
Getuiza said the firefighter in question had been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated and “will face the consequences of any inappropriate acts,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
The mayor’s office has declined to comment on the incident.
Garcetti’s spokesman, Harrison Wollman, said the “mayor’s expectation is that fire department leadership will handle this matter definitively, and make it clear that these appalling actions will not deter enforcement of rules that we’ve put in place to save lives.”
But the head of the city’s fire commission had no problem expressing her opinion, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I am beyond appalled at such an act by an LAFD firefighter,” Board of Fire Commissioners President Jimmie Woods-Gray said.
Woods-Gray called for “strong corrective action” by the fire department, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The vaccine mandate has caused controversy with first responders all over the United States.
In Los Angeles, a newly formed group called Firefighters 4 Freedom has filed a lawsuit against the city over the vaccine rules, according to the Los Angeles Times.