By Wyatt Earp | July 9, 2011
Those of you who have watched the HBO series “Band of Brothers” are familiar with Captain Herbert Sobel. He was the despicable leader of Easy Company who earned the hatred of his men.
The Philly Fire Department has its own Captain Sobel, and .
Singing the National Anthem doesn’t usually get Battalion Chief John Grillone in trouble, but when a YouTube video surfaced of Grillone singing it in a firehouse, the Philadelphia Fire Commissioner charged that Grillone’s conduct was unbecoming. Grillone, a 38-year veteran, is seen singing, eating cookies and talking to co-workers in the video. There was some foul language used as well, but Grillone’s attorney, Alice Ballard, maintains the men were just simply having good clean fun.
Firefighter Charles Tizol was suspended without pay for 4 weeks, since he’s the one who posted the YouTube clips, which were made in the fall of 2009.
The videos were filmed at Engine 71. Grillone says at the time, he was just trying to boost morale after the deaths of three firefighters.
Wow, what a despicable person this Grillone (pictured) must be. I mean singing the National Anthem and joking with his fellow firefighters? The nerve! How dare he try to boost morale in a department that has been suffering through overwork and rolling brownouts of its stations? Grillone should be suspended immediately!
Of course, get to post YouTube videos of themselves shopping in a racist bookstore – in full uniform – with impunity. Interestingly, the last three high-profile – and highly controversial – disciplinary measures addressed by Ayers were the late Jack Slivinski, Tizol, and now, Grillone. All three of these men are white.
Commissioner, do the department – and the city – a favor: resign at once!