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Ted Aubart and Ben Terhaar, firefighters from Sedan, Minnesota, fought a roadside fire in drag over the weekend, FOX 9 News reports:
Every year, the men in the Sedan Fire Department trade their firefighting frocks for designer dresses as part of a beauty pageant of sorts that raises money for new equipment; however, as they were getting ready to ride in the St. Patrick's Day parade, a pickup truck caught fire. That blaze spread to another car, and both Aubart and Terhaar hitched up their skirts and sprang into action.
Aubart can be seen in the pink dress, helping a blue-bedecked Terhaar pour water on the smoldering vehicles.
It only took a couple of minutes to put out the fire -- even though Aubart did havev to adjust his fallen dress straps while on the run.
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Brooke, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons, is New York City's first transgender firefighter, the NY Post reports:
Around Metrotech headquarters, where she is currently assigned, the famously macho department -- almost 100 percent male with only 32 women on the job -- is taking her transition in stride.
...The firefighter initially was assigned to Ladder 172/Engine 330 in Bensonhurst, according to department sources, before taking a desk job at FDNY headquarters where she works scheduling appointments for recruits.
Said Brooke to the Post: “I am appreciative of the support that the FDNY has given me during this time in my life. However, it is my expressed wish that the details of my personal and professional life remain private."
Nashville Paramedic Suspended for Telling 'Perverted' Gay EMTs to 'Crawl Back into the Closet' on Facebook
Kevin Kennedy, a 20-year-veteran of the Nashville Fire Department, has been suspended for making anti-gay remarks on Facebook, The Tennesseean reports:
Fire Chief Steve Halford ordered the two-month suspension after a departmental hearing last week for paramedic Kevin Kennedy. Kennedy was accused of posting on his own Facebook page and the Nashville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services’ page that homosexuality was a perversion. He also said two gay EMS workers should “crawl back into the closet,” said Deputy Chief Kim Lawson, spokeswoman for the department.
Kennedy must "show proof of his participation in an anger management program and diversity training" before coming back on the job, according to Deputy Chief Kim Lawson.
Said Lawson: “We have not faced this issue before, but as social media expands, it is a concern. In no way did we want people to think the department was associated with anti-gay comments.”