FDNY vs. FDNY: Alleged Racially-Charged Brawl Involving Firefighters Is Being Investigated
According to sources speaking with the New York Post, an allegedly drunk, racially-charged brawl is being investigated by the FDNY.
Racial slurs and violence erupted Wednesday evening (June 6) with FDNY firefighters in or near a massive, three-level, 22,000-square-foot sports tavern called Billy’s across the street from Yankee Stadium. According to a department insider speaking with the New York Post, the “drunken, racially-charged brawl” erupted after FDNY personnel gathered at the watering hole to celebrate after a City Hall awards ceremony.
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“The Fire Department initiated an investigation following reports of a fight involving off-duty uniformed firefighters Wednesday night in the Bronx, and has since obtained disturbing video that we have shared with the city’s Department of Investigation,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long said. “The department is also investigating whether anyone was injured in the melee,” Long said.
It was reported that hundred of firefighters and other FDNY personnel turned the watering hole into a “free-for-all brawl,” as the celebration became “firefighters vs. firefighters,” a source said to the New York Post. Two videos posted on Instagram show a chaotic scene with disheveled firefighters on the sidewalk outside Billy’s shoving cops who are trying to break them up. “Hey I think I’d be going to jail!” taunted one witness at the scene. “Where the cops at! Where the cops at!”
“Do you think the situation would’ve been handled the same if it were me and a group of my drunk friends and why?” Instagram account user @will_tooill said in a captioned post.
The NYPD made no arrests and filed no reports. FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro and other top FDNY brass held an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the fighting, the insider said. “Everyone and anyone who engaged in this outrageous behavior will be held accountable,” Nigro said. According to the Post, the brouhaha occurred after Mayor Bill de Blasio and Nigro presided over the FDNY’s 149th Annual Medal Day Ceremony at City Hall Plaza.
A total 67 firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, fire marshals and officers were honored for their work in the last year.
SOURCE: NY Post