A Facebook post shared by a Springfield firefighter that the city says led to his firing contained a racial slur, and mocked school dropouts and McDonald’s employees.
Bradley Baugh was fired on March 9 after only a few weeks with the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division, according to city records obtained by the Springfield News-Sun through a public records request.
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He had worked for the city of Springfield in street maintenance since 2007 and was a lieutenant at the German Twp. Fire and EMS Department, according to his application he filed for the firefighter job last summer.
The Facebook post was the reason for his termination, according to a letter dated March 12 in his city personnel file.
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Baugh couldn’t be reached for comment. A phone number listed in his name has been disconnected, his social media account appears to have been deleted and contact information in the personnel file was redacted.
The Springfield News-Sun called references on his application and either left messages or they declined to comment.
A screen shot of the post obtained through a public records request from the Springfield fire division appears to show Baugh shared a meme on March 3 that uses a racial slur, saying they “dropout of school & get a job at McDonald’s talking bout ‘On My Grind’ Yeah, okay, GRIND me up a Oreo Mcflurry with yo (expletive).”
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