Firefighter Fired From 3 Departments For Social Media Post About Immigrants

Chris Bush was fired from three different first responder jobs after his employers saw his social media post.

Houston, TX – A Texas firefighter was terminated from three different departments after he posted on Facebook about hunting people at the Texas border.

Chris Bush, a 30-year firefighting veteran, worked for the Westfield Fire Department, the Bellaire Fire Department, and Harris County EMS, better known as Acute Medical, according to KTRK.

Last week, Bush made the inappropriate social media post and by Friday, he was no longer employed as a first responder anywhere.

"We should buy deer feeders fill them with pinto beans put them on the border and make a new hunting season. I wonder how many Texans will buy that hunting licenses and how many tags we would be allowed..." he wrote on his Facebook page.

The posting quickly went viral, highlighted by others who were upset a firefighter would post such a thing.

Then somebody on Facebook alerted one of Bush’s employers, and the situation snowballed.

"His choice of occupation, which is essentially rendering aid and saving lives seemed at odds with someone saying let's hunt people," community member Michele Barth told KTRK.

The outrage the posting sparked showed that numerous people agreed it was the wrong thing for a professional firefighter to put on social media.

The Westfield Fire Department, where Bush first became a junior volunteer firefighter more than 30 year ago, was the first to say something publicly about his termination.

"[I’m] shocked, disappointed, outraged for the shame it brought to him and the department," Westfield Fire Department Chief Stephen Whitehead told KTRK. "He messed up, he was sorry, and he wishes he could take it back."

On Nov. 7, the Bellaire Fire Department released a statement about Bush’s status.

"Wednesday morning we became aware of an inappropriate and offensive social media post by a part-time firefighter. Upon learning of that post, we took immediate and appropriate action, and the individual is no longer employed with the City of Bellaire,” the statement read.

Acute Medical, where Bush also served as chief operating officer, put out a statement that said they, too, had ended their relationship with the career first responder.

“Mr. Bush is no longer employed at Acute Medical Services. We at AMS champion diversity and respect all dimensions of life, and do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, ethnicity and national origin, accessibility, disability, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, marital status, veteran status or any other human dimension,” Acute Medical's President, Dr. Setul Patel said in the statement sent to KTRK.

“As public servants, we have a duty to serve all human life that needs our help,” Patel said.

Bush’s wife stood up for her husband, whom she said was not available for comment.

“Well, I don't believe we should let other people over [the border] until we take care of people under our freeways," Cindy Bush told KTRK.

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Tom1
Tom1

But college professors say worse things and are allowed to keep teaching our children. While I personally think what he posted was disgusting and disturbing, it was on his personal account and had nothing to do with his job. Freedom of speech is for everyone, not just liberal morons. He had that job for 30 years, so obviously his personal opinions did not interfere with his work performance. I hope he sues, but do it in a state where they respect the law over PC crap.

Cabezon
Cabezon

He only said out loud what everyone was thinking

artw44
artw44

I would see this different if a lawmaker was not allowed to threaten to "nuke" people who were not willing to give up their guns. We should be able to have an opinion that is separate from our professional life. Damn tired of the double standards in this country!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

LOW_EST IQ said "That's called empathy -Standing up for something whether it directly affects you or not.You're too old to not understand this, dumbfuck."

Sorry to burst your ignorant,arrogant and condescending bubble LOW.Such a typical black adolescent with a big mouth and little actual knowledge. Overcompensating for insecurity? Poor self image? "Empathy" is defined as the ability to sense other people's emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. It is not "Standing up for something whether it directly affects you or not". How often you hop around on one leg with the other foot stuffed in your mouth.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Propolice Is your understanding of the Constitution indicative of Republicans? This isn't a freedom of speech issue.

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