Nashville paramedic suspended after anti-gay Facebook post

Nashville paramedic suspended after anti-gay Facebook post

September 20th, 2011 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Nashville Fire Department officials suspended a 20-year department veteran Friday after he made anti-gay comments on a social media site.

Nashville Fire Department officials suspended a 20-year department...

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Nashville Fire Department officials suspended a 20-year department veteran Friday after he made anti-gay comments on a social media site.

Fire Chief Steve Halford made the decision after a departmental hearing last week for paramedic Kevin Kennedy.

The department was notified on Aug. 3 that Kennedy stated on his Facebook page and on a Nashville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services page that two EMS workers were "queers" and that they should "crawl back into the closet," said Deputy Chief Kim Lawson, spokeswoman for the department.

Kennedy was suspended without pay for two months and will be required to show proof of his participation in an anger management program and diversity training before he returns to work, Lawson said. He has no prior disciplinary record.

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