Report: Tuscon firefighter refused to respond to Gifford’s attack because of politics

Thankfully, he quit before he could be fired but this is getting to be too much. It’s as bad as the nutty pharmacists who refuse certain customers because of religious differences. What are these people thinking and why do they enter these professions? The initial report mentioned his political disagreements though he later changed that to “distracted” and unable to assist. Uh huh.

A city firefighter refused to respond to the Jan. 8 shooting spree that left six people dead and 13 wounded, the Arizona Daily Star reported, citing city memos.

The firefighter, Mark Ekstrum, quit the force two days later as management was considering possible disciplinary action against him, the Daily Star reported.

Fire Capt. Ben Williams wrote in a memo that when Ekstrum told him he would not go on the call, “he mentioned something about ‘political bantering’ and he did not want to be part of it,” the newspaper reported.


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