A firefighter who was terminated for alleged racist misconduct is receiving support from his former colleagues.
FOX2 reported that probationary firefighter Robert Pattison was fired for bringing a watermelon to his new station that is predominantly black on his first day after some African-American firefighters were offended. Pattison claims the gesture was not meant to be a racist joke, and a social media post by firefighter Tadarius Spearman showed support for Pattison with a photo of him and other African-American firefighters.
"Just want to let everyone know he's a real amazing dude and it was all good intentions," the post said. "And our entire class is supporting him in this. Especially us African-Americans and that's all that needs to be said. Stay up brother. #DFD."