Firefighter Suspended For the Flag

19 10 2009
Gio's World is proud to fly the flag of the USA!

Gio's World is proud to fly the flag of the USA!

H/t resolute GiovanniWorld member Steve!

This is the result of years of the Left’s indoctrination about multi-culturalism, moral relativism, and “we shouldn’t judge others” — when in reality all human beings, especially the Left, do and constantly judge and evaluate.

Judging or evaluating enables us to distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad. But Americans have been so brainwashed that this firefighter’s superior can’t even distinguish between the offensiveness of a racist sticker and a sticker of the American flag. And so, in the name of “equity,” all stickers are banned and the firefighter is suspended without pay for putting an American flag sticker on his locker.

Americans are now afraid of our own shadow.

The name of patriot-firefighter is James Krapf. His superior, who suspended Krapf, is Fire Commissioner James Johnson. Here’s his bio on the website of the City of Chester, Pa.

I can’t find Johnson’s e-mail address, but you can write him c/o the City of Chester, 1 Fourth St., Chester, PA 19013; phone (610) 447-7700. Or you can contact him at any of the two fire stations below:

  • Chester Fire Station #2 (82): 320 East. 14th Street, Chester, PA 19013, (610) 447-7842
  • Chester Fire Station #1 (81): 1501 West Third St., Chester, PA 19013, (610) 447-7844

P.S. For those interested in such matters: Johnson is a Master Mason, a member of the Eastern Light Lodge #46 F.&A.M., P.H.A.

~Eowyn

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Firefight Over the Red, White and Blue

Firefighter suspended for refusing to peel American flag from locker

By Vince Lattanzio – Oct 19, 2009 – http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics/Firefight-Over-the-Red-White-and-Blue-64647657.html

NBCPhiladelphia.com

Chester, Pa., firefighter James Krapf wants to know what’s wrong with Old Glory. The 11-year veteran was suspended without pay Thursday after he refused to peel a sticker of the American flag from his locker.

“It’s pride…it’s a matter of pride,” Krapf said.

A new department rule mandates that all stickers and statements – union, cartoon and political – be stripped from lockers after several offensive and racist images showed up in the firehouse. But Krapf figured the red, white and blue was safe.

It seems he was wrong.

“The chief came out and said ‘You have to remove your stickers,’ I said ‘No disrespect chief, but I’m not taking the flag off,'” Krapf recounted. He says the officer then asked him to leave.

Fire Commissioner James Johnson, who served in the Marine Corps, vows the symbolism of the decal is not the issue.

“We wear the American flag on our uniform…it’s flying outside that station,” he said. “It is not about the American flag or patriotism.”

But Krapf refuses to give up and he’s not alone. The firefighters union plans to negotiate with the department on the issue.

“We applaud Jim Krapf because these colors don’t run,” said union prez Stacy Landrum.

Krapf, who was turned away from the station again Friday, plans to stand his ground. “It’s the American flag, we should be able to fly it wherever we want…I don’t believe it’s offensive to anyone,” he said.

The issue and Krapf’s fate is scheduled to be discussed at a meeting on Monday.

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16 responses

19 10 2009
littlemissmuffin

The attack on the Jews started with, “Here, wear this pin.” Then the intensity increased. Now the attack is on the American Flag, and the intensity will increase. We need to stop this NOW! Either you’re an American or you’re not. If you’re not – LEAVE!

19 10 2009
Eowyn

Muffin,

See my updated post, with contact info of the firefighter’s superior, James Johnson. We need to inundate him with phone calls and letters.

19 10 2009
Steve

I just got a # of a meeting in progress 610-447-7765

19 10 2009
Steve

I called and the woman wouldn’t answer questions but took my name and #..guy at fire house said to call there it would help….

19 10 2009
Eowyn

Steve,

We can always count on you to act immediately. You are a wonderful warrior!

19 10 2009
DCG

With all these stories about removing the American flag…makes me want to get a flag tattoo on my forehead!

20 10 2009
Eowyn

The thought of the tattoo made me laugh. Thanks, Deb! 😀

20 10 2009
DCG

Yeah, I’m tempted but wouldn’t do it, at least not on my forehead….but, if they don’t discriminate against race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, national origin, veteran status or disability, why would they discriminate you against your patriotism? Complete BS in my opinion.

19 10 2009
Bob

I agree that the American flag should be allowed anywhere.
That said, I see the problem that resulted in the request to remove the “STICKER”. It wasn’t about the flag, If you allow 1 sticker you have to allow all, which is why someone (probably a leftist radical) put up a sticker that offended someone. The only solution the fire department had was to ban all stickers. It’s the cliche, One bad apple spoils the whole bunch!

19 10 2009
giovanniworld

Bob,

That reminds me of a funny story.

Back in 1994 my company got caught-up in a major recall by the FDA. We were having to recall every bit of product we had produced over the last 18 months. Once the product came back to us we had to de-box all of it, inspect it, then re-pack and re-sterilize. This process went on for months so we were using a lot of temporary help from 4 different agencies. When you are using a Temp service, you can never tell what they are going to send you. Normally you sign a contract for what type of employee you are looking for and they weed-out the bad ones. Well, we had no time for all that so we were taking everything they sent us, and they sent us some real nut-jobs.

We had a dress policy for our full-time employees and we loosely enforced it with the Temps. One day we had a young man come in to work with a black t-shirt that had bright white bold lettering across the front and the back. I normally did not interfere with the running of the factory floor because I trusted my management team, but this day was different. I had just come out of the cafeteria after getting a sugar fix when I noticed this young man come through the door. There was NO way you could miss his t-shirt so I called him over to me. I then asked him to wait for the supervisor in the break room. Then I had to talk to his supervisor and let her handle the situation.

The irony of the whole thing was this… his t-shirt said “F*** Censorship” and we had to ask him to leave. He refused to put the shirt back on inside-out so the writing would not show, so he had to go. That young man learned a hard lesson that day. He could not get censored out in public, but in the work-place, there is NO Democracy!

Gio-

19 10 2009
Bob

Gio,

So True!

I learned back in the 70’s.

Bob.

20 10 2009
DCG

No democracy in baseball either…I went to a Mariners vs. Yankees game with a friend wearing a Yankees Suck t-shirt. He was told to turn his t-shirt inside out to enter the stadium. Friggin PC baseball police…

20 10 2009
DCG

Bob, I get your point. Yet this sticker is also an emblem on their uniforms and flies in front of their station. So isn’t the sticker just an extension of those items? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

20 10 2009
Bob

D,

Doesn’t make sense to me either. I think the firefighters should repaint their lockers as one big flag. They wouldn’t be stickers……LOL

20 10 2009
DCG

Good one!

20 10 2009
DCG

Good idea!

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