D.C. Firefighter Refuses Crime Deterrent Duty; Sent Home

A D.C. firefighter has been relieved of duty after refusing to "soft post" in a Southeast neighborhood.

The "soft postings" refer to a order issued by D.C.'s deputy mayor for public safety, who ordered firefighters act as crime deterrents during late night hours.

Engine 30 was issued an order, according to D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, to "soft post" at East Capitol Street and Benning Road SE Thursday night.

Ellerbe said two firefighters from Engine 30 refused the assignment. One of whom was relieved of duty.  

"That is insubordination," Ellerbe said. "He was disruptive and disrespectful."


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