Cynical Synapse

Mon, 19 Oct 2009

Firefighter Suspended for US Flag on Locker

Filed under: Citizen rights, Civil liberties, Justice, Legal, Life, Patriotism — cynicalsynapse @ 6:35 am

I’m sorry, but this is a travesty! There’s nothing more American than firefighters, except maybe Mom and applie pie. Firefighters represent all that is good about our country, so when one is suspended for displaying the US flag, I’ve got hearburn. Serious heartburn.


Chester, PA, firefighter James Krapf was suspended without pay when he refused to remove a US flag from the outside of his locker. The department says Krapf is violating a policy prohibiting personal items outside lockers. So, let’s see. The flag is a prohibited personal item, but the International Association of Firefighters local union sticker isn’t? I’m confused. At least the union is sticking up for Krapf.

This incident follows not long after a flag ban at Oregon’s Oaks Apartments complex. In that case, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), normally a proponent of free speech, said banning the flag didn’t violate any civil rights. Excuse me? In the face of overwhelming public outcry, the apartment complex reversed its policy. Damn straight!

“I love my country,” Krapf said. “I shouldn’t have to remove the flag.” Any bets on how long it takes Chester Fire Department to realize they’ve seriously blown public good will?



  1. This is becoming becoming ridiculous.

    Since when is a problem displaying the American flag, in Amercia.

    I’m seriously questioning Democrat and Liberals patriotism.

    Comment by steve — Mon, 19 Oct 2009 @ 7:04 pm

  2. Just wanted you to know I have never commented on your blog BUT just wanted you to know I read them everyday and enjoy them very much. Even though they may have no comments that does not mean that many of us are reading. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Glenda — Mon, 19 Oct 2009 @ 7:07 pm

  3. Sorry I meant to say – that no comments does not mean that many of us are NOT reading.

    Comment by Glenda — Mon, 19 Oct 2009 @ 7:10 pm

  4. @Steve:

    It’s troubling to see this issue come up twice within the last few weeks. Especially with CFD, a government entity. I agree; it’s ridiculous.

    @ GLenda:

    Thanks for letting me know there’s a following out there.

    Comment by cynicalsynapse — Tue, 20 Oct 2009 @ 8:36 am

  5. I have to say I really do agree with you on this one. I confess I’ve never been much of the flag-waving type. I’m pretty much to the left. But not allowing a guy to display the American flag on his locker?? Man, be serious. I mean really.

    Comment by teamowens313 — Tue, 20 Oct 2009 @ 7:17 pm

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