A week or so ago we reported on an incident involving a recruit firefighter from Detroit named Robert Pattinson who was being assigned to Engine Company-55, Second Battalion located at Joy and Southfield, and as tradition dictates the rookie firefighter usually brings a gift usually offering a box of donuts or something within that venue.

However, rather than a box of donuts or perhaps a box of cookies, Pattinson (a white recruit firefighter), brought a large watermelon tied in a pink bow to the firehouse, which has a population of better than 90% African-American. Needless-to-say Pattinson was fired within hours after his racially charged “gift.”

Fire Commissioner Eric Jones, after briefly speaking with Pattinson by phone fired him stating to reporters at the time the incident was “offensive,” than issuing the following statement.

“There is zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior inside the Detroit Fire Department. On Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Engine 55, a trial firefighter (probationary employee) engaged in unsatisfactory work behavior which was deemed offensive and racially insensitive to members of the Detroit Fire Department. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the best course of action was to terminate the employment of this probationary employee.”

Case closed!

Not so fast, a group of black firefighters from the same department in Detroit are backing Pattinson, describing him as an “amazing dude” who had “good intentions.”

A Facebook post written by firefighter Tadarius Spearman accompanied by photos of 10- African-American firefighters from Engine Company 55, along with the written post stating; “Just want to let everyone know he’s a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions.”

The post continues: “And our entire class (is) supporting him in this. Especially us African-Americans and that’s all that needs to be said. Stay up brother. #DFD.”

Pattinson had claimed all along he didn’t mean to offend his fellow firefighters; perhaps after this display of support from the firefighters at Engine Company 55, Commissioner Jones might reconsider and rehire Pattinson…stay tuned

Do you think Robert Pattinson just made a stupid mistake, and would you rehire him?

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