A fire truck from the Brookhaven Fire Department was photographed with a Confederate flag on its side. The photo has been shared hundreds of times on social media.
“The unauthorized action was done without the knowledge of our leadership team and is condemned in the strongest of terms,” Brookhaven Fire Chief Peter Di Pinto Jr. said in a statement.
Di Pinto said disciplinary action has already commenced and the incident “involved a single firefighter, acting alone,
Brookhaven Town officials also condemned the display of the flag and called for the fire department to take “serious action.”
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone tweeted “I was deeply disturbed and angered to learn that someone would prominently display a Confederate flag on a fire truck in this county, a symbol of division that is not reflective of who we are nor who we aspire to become.”
(Photo: AP Images)