2009-10-22 / Police Reports

Pa. Firefighter Suspended Over US Flag Decal

– A Pennsylvania firefighter has been suspended over a new rule to clear lockers of decorations – including his U.S. flag decal.

Chester Fire Commissioner James Johnson hopes to avoid controversies like a recent one over a racially tinged cartoon. He says the department’s 61 firefighters can still decorate the inside of their lockers.

That doesn’t please veteran James Krapf. He was suspended without pay Thursday for refusing to remove his flag sticker.

The 31-year-old Krapf says no one on the force should find the American flag offensive.

Flag images appear on their uniforms and trucks and a flag flies on a pole outside the station.

Krapf says he hopes to strike a compromise with the chief before he loses too much pay.

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