Veteran Firefighters Tell of ‘Unfair’ Treatment

June 24, 2010  |  

(Chicago Defender) — A group of Black Chicago firefighters contend that working for the city’s predominately white fire department is challenging, stressful and they are often treated unfairly.

The group spoke exclusively to the Defender about how Black firefighters are often passed over for promotions, wrongfully terminated and isolated from their white counterparts. They allege that this type of treatment has gone on for years and they are now speaking out because “we cannot stand by and endure such unfair treatment any longer,” said Toni Stitch, 50, who is an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department.

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