An entire Volunteer Firefighter Company in PA has been closed by the township because it refused to fire a volunteer who at one point had an interest in the organization called the Proud Boys more than a year previously and had decided then he had no interest. Let’s see if we can follow the Progressive logic of Haverford township a wealthy Mainline suburb outside of Philly.
Established in 1918, the Bon Air Fire Company has served Haverford Township for more than a century. But on Wednesday evening, the fire house was effectively closed.
“At this point, the Bon Air Fire Company is out of service,” Haverford Township Police Chief John Viola said.
Sources tells CBS3 the group is called Proud Boys.
The township says the group’s tenet is that they are “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world” and promoted “closed borders,” “anti-political correctness,” and “venerating the housewife.”
“It was assigned to our deputy chief and did a full background investigation and found there was no criminal activity at all,” Viola said.
Viola says the matter was then turned over to the Board of Commissioners. The board suggested the firefighter resign.
He tried to, but the Bon Air Fire Company’s board refused his resignation. So on Wednesday night, township officials met in executive session.
The fire company released a statement Thursday saying the decision was wrong.
“In closing the Fire Company, the Township failed to identify a single instance in which that volunteer’s services to the Haverford community were negatively influenced in any way by his brief association with the outside organization,” the fire company’s statement said.
A day after Haverford Township officials shut down the Bon Air Fire Company for not parting with a volunteer who had tried to join the far-right men’s group the Proud Boys, the company issued a statement Thursday defending the firefighter and its decision to keep him.
Bon Air said Thursday that the volunteer, who has been identified as Bruce McClay Jr., had done nothing wrong as a firefighter and was exercising his “right to freely assemble and to freely associate with others.”
“While the volunteer attended some social gatherings of the outside organization, the volunteer ultimately decided, after he learned more about the group’s beliefs, that he did not wish to become part of the organization,” Bon Air said in its statement. “He never attended any rallies or protests, and he disassociated himself from the group more than one year ago. He has broken no law and committed no crime.”
For some reason I don’t think there are a bevy of volunteers just waiting to leap to step into the volunteer’s boots. I am sure the four surrounding volunteer fire companies will just be more than happy to pick up the slack and will get there just as pronto.
Meanwhile volunteer fire departments are going the way of the buggy with fewer people being able or willing to drop everything including work to race to yours and my home and risk their lives to save our life and property. So much for the freedom of association. Good luck Progressives.
When by progressive logic one decides it is better to “fire” volunteers who just may be the ones to save you and your families lives as well as your neighbors it tells us all we need to know. Freedom of association be damned.
Other than that all is well in the swamp.
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