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.

Comments (49)
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Mama1959
Mama1959

It's sad he wrote about hunting human beings but I agree with his wife...we need to take care of our own first before allowing asylum seekers in.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Yeah, I think he went over the edge with that comment. After 30 years it's probably a good idea to retire anyway.

Aco1979
Aco1979

In my humble opinion, I think people are going a bit too far with all this political correctness. Does any reasonable human being believe he was serious? We should be taking care of our own homeless Americans and not having to spend millions if not billions of dollars on illegal immigrants. So he said something tasteless, so does our POTUS. I certainly hope they allow him to retire and he doesn’t lose his pension.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

After 30 years of being politically correct he probably just had enough. A poor taste in how he chose to vent. He prolly knew the minute he hit send. But in 30 years he's seen plenty and had to keep his mouth shut, it builds up! Sorry a long career had to end in this manner.

RPG156
RPG156

You can't take it back. Frankly, no one who could lose their job for something they type on social media should ever have a social media account if they can't think through everything before they post it.

Skidoo
Skidoo

A paramedic buddy of mine retired after 20 years working in CA, the sanctuary state. The job affected him the same way.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

If you are going to be on Social Media like Facebook and especially if you are one to spout off anything and everything then why put your settings open to the whole wide world? Even "friends only" setting is risky but if you open yourself to the whole wide world, you are going to offend someone/s somewhere. While I agree that we need to take care of our own first and I agree that the invasion of our country has to be stopped, that comment should never have been posted. BUT.. if his pension is removed after 30 years of service over a 6 line comment then that is going overboard too.

DR226
DR226

I believe this is pure BS, noone can make a joke anymore without someone getting offended. The problem today is that there's too many eyes on social media and liberals who don't approve of comedy or laughter in thier daily routine. They'ld rather block everyones free speech our first amendment right. It seems any time anyone has a comment like this, they should state that it's a parody, like Larry Flint does in Hustler magazine to prevent lawsuits from someone the publisher is poking fun at. This might save some cereers, I hope this man doesn't lose his pention, I'm sure he's done plenty to help the latino community during his career.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I didn't do anything on social media until after I retired. I saw too many great cops get nailed for harmless BS they posted. Granted, at my PD you'd get a letter if admin heard you accidentally fart out loud.

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

At first I thought he was a 30 yr old. Which seems about right for someone to post without thinking of consequences. But a 30 year veteran?! What the hell is wrong with him??

twotwo
twotwo

I personally think that what a person, ANY person, says or does outside of his job is NOT something that their employer(s) should even be allowed to consider when thinking of that parties job and or duties. What we say or do in our private lives does not reflect on our ability to perform our jobs and or duties and therefore our employers should have no authority to terminate or lessen our position, etc... in our work. And as I stated above, this is my personal opinion which I am rightfully allowed. This is not up to debate by others, so please refrain from doing so. Thank you.

usac95
usac95

I am in So Cal and we are in the battle of saving CA and other border states from the march to USA none of these people coming have a history to vent them so send their asses back home we have enough of these illegals in CA collecting the Obama come to america every thing is free welfare schools u name it they get it i am damn tired of this bull shit

United States spends 41 percent more on welfare for immigrant households than it does for households headed by natural born citizens

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@usac95 those sound like lies. cite your sources.

Vellabellet
Vellabellet

This poor man stuff that he live in a country that has a consultation with the Bill of Rights. Apparently he thought he had freedom of speech. Apparently he doesn’t because a lot of people are saying that he should have known better. He should’ve known better than to what? Express an opinion? Make a joke that some don’t agree with? Maybe we should start locking people up! Certainly wouldn’t want them running around expressing an opinion that’s different then the liberals!

Propolice
Propolice

I personally think freedom of Speech is an American Citizens’s Right. We really don’t want these invaders here so a joke like that may be exactly what we need! Anyone that took it seriously is an idiot or a Democrat ( very little difference). We just fired a hero for a bunch of whining liberals and illegal invaders.

Propolice
Propolice

It was a joke, you don’t lose a 30 year career over it

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

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

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.

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!

Cabezon
Cabezon

He only said out loud what everyone was thinking

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.