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Protestor Tried to Stop Tennessee Firefighter from Washing Away ‘BLM’ Message

(WJHL/Rachel Bush)

Firefighter said he was simply doing what he was told to do

FirefighterNation Staff

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tennessee – A Tennessee volunteer firefighter is on leave and the department under investigation after the firefighter washed away chalk messages on the street and shoulder supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

WJHL showed video of the incident and spoke with Rachel Bush, who was taking part in what she described as a peaceful protest.

The Sullivan Fire Department posted a statement to Facebook saying that the firefighter involved is on leave and that disciplinary action is pending.

News Release Lance Bellamy, Fire Chief Date: 07/07/2020 …

Posted by Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Fire Chief Lance Bellamy told WJHL that the fire department had received a request from a citizen to have the messages removed and the firefighter acted on that request.

Bush said that she doesn’t want to see the firefighter removed from the department but does want to start a conversation about how to handle issues like this in the future.