(NEW YORK) – Four New York City firefighters were suspended after driving their truck to a state senator’s office while on duty, asking him for the politician’s home address and him saying the city would have “blood on its hands” because of the city’s vaccination mandate.
The group, from Ladder 113 in Brooklyn, went to State Senator Zellnor Myrie’s office in the uniformed company’s fire department and asked to speak to him, albeit as an official. state, he had no involvement in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure as the city.
All city staff, including firefighters, must have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the time they report for work on Monday. Those who do not get vaccinated will be put on unpaid leave.
The senator was not there at the time, but the firefighters spoke to a member of staff.
“They said they wanted to let people in the community know that the trucks weren’t going to roll and that they were going to shut down the fire stations,” a person familiar with the conversation told ABC News.
It was, according to the person, a “cordial conversation”, although at one point the firefighters declared that “the city would have blood on its hands”.
“I think this is highly inappropriate,” Myrie, a Democrat, said in an interview with New York ABC station WABC. “It is incredibly disturbing that those charged with protecting us are on duty, protesting against a vaccination mandate that had nothing to do with an elected official. … My staff are shaken up, they are shaken up. And frankly, I’m upset we’re even having this conversation. “
Firefighters told the senator’s staff member they wanted the choice of getting the vaccine and voiced the opinion that it would be safer for them to get tested every week.
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