FDNY firefighters disciplined for hazing incident
The seven members involved received a pay cut and loss of vacation days
By FireRescue1 Staff
NEW YORK — Seven FDNY firefighters were disciplined last week following a hazing incident of an African-American firefighter.
Although the department withheld the identities of those involved, the New York Post reported that the incident involved a prank in which “they put the guy’s locker in the bathroom.”
The five firefighters and two officers involved received a loss of three to 30 days pay and 15 vacation days, the department announced on Oct. 20.
The seven members accepted the penalties to avoid facing charges in administrative trials that could lead to their termination.
The last known case of hazing in the department occurred in May 2013, when former Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano ordered a strict new policy. The policy prohibits any form of initiation that causes physical harm or personal humiliation.