A white firefighter has sued the FDNY after claiming he was barred from collaborating in a shade guard ceremony honoring deceased members of the Vulcan Society — a fraternal group of black firefighters.
Lt. Daniel McWilliams has additionally sued the Vulcan Society after alleging that he was faraway from his function as a flag bearer at a 2017 memorial Mass for the group’s deceased members due to his race. McWilliams, who was pictured in a well known photograph of firefighters erecting an American flag within the rubble at Floor Zero after 9/11, has outlined his criticism in a lawsuit filed on Friday, the New York Day by day Information reviews.
The lawsuit reveals an alternate between McWilliams and then-president of the Vulcan Society Regina Wilson concerning McWilliams’ task to the ceremonial unit for the 2017 Mass, which was held at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Harlem.
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“Lieutenant, I particularly requested an all-black shade guard,” Wilson allegedly stated.
McWilliams, a 29-year veteran of the FDNY responded by questioning, “Are you eradicating me from the colour guard as a result of I’m not black?”
“Sure I’m,” Wilson reportedly answered.
After McWilliams was faraway from the ceremonial crew, his associates overheard “racially charged exchanges” which prompted the veteran firefighter to depart the church “to avoid wasting himself from additional disgrace, humiliation and embarrassment,” the lawsuit claims.
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“Because of the defendants’ conduct, (McWilliams) has suffered extreme disgrace, emotional misery and harm to his fame,” the criticism reads. “Defendant Wilson … deliberately, maliciously and publicly stripped the plaintiff of (his) prestigious honor … on account of his race.”
The lawsuit additionally accuses the division of “as soon as once more turning a blind eye to discrimination and making a double-standard inside the FDNY.”
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McWilliams is in search of compensation and punitive damages from the FDNY, Vulcan Society, Regina Wilson and the Metropolis of New York. The regulation division for New York Metropolis advised the New York Day by day Information that they had been reviewing McWilliams’ criticism.