|FDNY EMS EMT Joe Cassano was set to follow in the footsteps of his father, FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. That was until Joe Cassano sent out a number of racist slurs
on his Twitter account as the New York Post reported. Joe Cassano realizing his career as a FDNY EMT was over resigned on Monday when the offensive content of his Twitter
feed (now deactivated) came to light.
Here’s a few of his choice tweets:
“I like jews about as much as hitler #toofar? NOPE.”
“MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.” [Sent on Martin Luther King Jr. Day]
“News flash to half of the island, ur white! Stop talking like ur a shwoog.”
“I love boob jobs . . . I wish every girl in America were forced to get one once they turn 18,” he wrote in November. He added, “I’ll vote in the presidential election when a candidates
main purpose is to make breast enhancement surgery free to all who want it.”
...and on and on and on.
I am glad he is gone. He never belonged here. His vile rants have brought shame to EMS EMTs and Paramedics everywhere. He should never work as an EMT anywhere again. One
thing the newspapers glossed over was the flurry of tweets where he talked about how much he hates EMS and how he cannot stand his job. He tweets about how he has just a year
and a half to go and he can take a promotional test for FDNY Firefighter. He tweets about how daddy will retire once he gone from EMS and is a FDNY Firefighter.
These types of tweets are very telling and shine a light on a lot of the people who are joining EMS only because they are looking to grab the brass ring and take a shortcut to
becoming a FDNY Firefighters. Since FDNY took over EMS have been swamped with short timers looking to go to the Fire Academy and get their dream job. FDNY EMS is in need of
heroes, people who want to be EMTs and Paramedics, not wanna-be Firefighters.
Sadly...there are some sick, sad people at FDNY EMS.
Some are worse than others.
|Less than a week after FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano's son resigned from the EMS due to a series of hate-filled tweets, another EMS member has been exposed for the
same sloppily-concealed, public hatefulness. EMS Lt. Timothy Dluhos, 34, was confronted by the NY Post with his racist, anti-semitic, sexist, and anti-Asian tweets on Twitter after
they news confronts him he broke down crying. “There has got to be a lot worse out there than me,” he insisted. “My life is ruined. Oh, my God. I’m so sorry.”
So what did he write?
“I’m going to give up racial insults for Lent,” he tweeted Feb. 12. “Jesus that didn’t [last] too long. F--ken chinks can’t drive.”
While giving what he called a “hood tour” of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area he serves, he posted photos of a housing project, fried-chicken joints and a strip club. “Real nasty place,”
he tweeted Feb 23. “I’ve been there.”
“Hahaha! I work with the coloreds,” he wrote in a Feb. 8 exchange. “For 12 years so that s--t just run off on me.”
“Too bad he didn’t have rabies or AIDS and too bad he didn’t bite King Heeb’s face off,” he tweeted on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, recalling when the groundhog Staten Island Chuck
nipped Bloomberg at an event at the Staten Island Zoo.
“That’s how King Jew sees it. Ban all guns & shootings will go down in NYC. But it’s the criminals w/the guns,” he ranted Jan. 30.
A gold Nazi-era pin with a German U-boat and a swastika is “my most prized artifact,” he boasted on Jan. 30.
He repeatedly Photoshopped an image of an unnamed black teen — putting a Hitler mustache on one photo and a surgical mask on another with the caption, “I’s be a doxter.”
“My son thinks he’s one of ‘those people,’ ” Dluhos wrote in a caption for a Jan. 29 snapshot of his toddler son wearing pants that sagged below his underwear.
“But at least I know my taxes go to the ‘undocumented’ citizens and lazy asses who do drugs all day,” Dluhos wrote March 15.
I’m really a dirty pervert. I see a girl with tight pants on and my eyes immediately focus on her crotch to look for camel toe,” he tweeted March 15. He also posted a photo gallery of
naked, obese women.
The Bad FDNY EMS Paramedic Lt. Dluhos, who was wearing an EMT jacket embroidered with the words “Bad Lieutenant,” tried to explain himself to the Post: “I’ve seen strangers
shot and killed. I’ve seen families torn apart by violence. It’s a damn shame that gang members ruin it for hardworking, struggling people,” he said, adding that he doesn't hate
minorities or Jews. “My stepfather’s Jewish. I don’t hate anybody.”
He has also resigned.
Good riddance. For what it is worth...to all of the other Internet tough guys out there...If you are going to call yourself "The Bad Lt." or "The Bad Whatever" and the press comes
calling because you post your bullshit on the Internet; bursting out crying and sobbing hysterically and collapsing on your front steps while they photograph you wipes away your
|Now after all of that...you might think the worst was over. Well, it gets worse. Yeah that is right. It gets worse. The NY Post comes around for another shot at FDNY EMS because
FDNY hires stupid people with no common sense whatsoever. The pay at FDNY EMS is rock bottom, the turnover is through the roof and the working conditions are poor at best, so
there are always openings for EMTs and Paramedics. FDNY is always looking to fill spots, so as long as you have a drivers license, a EMT card and are not a serial killer FDNY is
going to take you into EMS. This method of hiring and low standards leads to the hiring of people who do things like this.
|Following the two stories about Cassano and Dluhos another former FDNY EMT was outed by the NY Post in another story. Steve O’Brien claims he recently resigned as an FDNY
EMT over a blog he created on Tumblr called “Allons-y!” (“Let’s go,” in French), on which he whined about his job and uploaded photos he snapped while working. One showed an
apparently unconscious man on the sidewalk as 4 Firefighters stood around with their hands in their pockets.
O’Brien now works as an EMT in Yonkers for Empress Ambulance and was blogging again. Well...that was until this story broke. His "opinions" of the people we serve were less than
touching. “My opinions of the filth I have to put up with on a daily basis; the savagery I endure for a meager salary, the abuse I take for people who cant be bothered to take care of
them selves,” he writes.
In the same story Brooklyn FDNY EMS EMT Mike Vale posted shots of patients in the back of an ambulance, including a man holding an ice pack on his head, on Flickr and Tumblr
When confronted by The Post yesterday, he admitted he’s in trouble. “I am being punished for it right now,” Vale said. “What I’ve done has been taken care of. I’m waiting to be called
FDNY EMT Anthony Palmigiano posted a photo of a man with a gaping neck wound on a Facebook group page called EMT/Paramedic, calling it a “table saw injury.” “This guy had a
hood on and walking around like nothing was wrong when my partner and I asked him to remove the hood we both weren’t prepared to see this,” the caption reads.
Following the NY Post story, FDNY suspended Vale for 30 days and launched a probe of Palmigiano with the city Department of Investigation, said FDNY spokesman Frank Gribbon
who added that O’Brien and another former EMT, were forced to resign over pictures they posted. “Anyone who posts photos of patients without authorization will face termination,”
So, what is the end result? The NYPD made social media rules for Police Officers. As for FDNY they released this statement on the Internet.
"STATEMENT FROM FIRE COMMISSIONER SALVATORE J. CASSANO
Recently, a few members of our Department have used social media to express views that are racist, anti-Semitic or sexist, and in some instances have violated the public's right to
privacy. While only a handful of individuals have acted irresponsibly, it should be clear to everyone that highly offensive comments such as these undermine our trust with the public
and can impact our ability to effectively deliver life-saving services. I expect every member of the Department to conduct him/herself in a professional manner at all times - whether on
or off-duty - and treat colleagues and the public alike with dignity and respect. Our rules and regulations require this and, in furtherance of this goal, we will soon release guidelines
for social media usage that set clear standards in this area.
In addition to how we treat and respect the public, I have said repeatedly that we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce where all are welcomed. We will not tolerate
conduct that impedes that goal. The actions of individual members reflect on the Department as a whole. Each of us must uphold the best traditions of this Department by always
acting in accordance with our core values of service, honor and dedication."
Wow. What a weak statement from a weak commissioner.