Firefighter suspended for refusing to peel American flag sticker from locker


VINCE LATTANZIO
NBC Philadelphia
October 19, 2009

[efoods]Chester, Pa., firefighter James Krapf wants to know what’s wrong with Old Glory. The 11-year veteran was suspended without pay Thursday after he refused to peel a sticker of the American flag from his locker.

“It’s pride…it’s a matter of pride,” Krapf said.

A new department rule mandates that all stickers and statements – union, cartoon and political – be stripped from lockers after several offensive and racist images showed up in the firehouse. But Krapf figured the red, white and blue was safe.

It seems he was wrong.

The chief came out and said ‘You have to remove your stickers,’ I said ‘No disrespect chief, but I’m not taking the flag off,’” Krapf recounted. He says the officer then asked him to leave.

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