Fire station reopens after Facebook posts prompt closing

AP News
|
Posted: Jul 14, 2016 12:09 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A fire station has reopened in South Carolina's capital, days after its then-captain threatened on Facebook to run over protesters if they still blocked traffic when his shift ended.

Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins closed the station early Monday and fired the captain. Because his postings prompted complaints, firefighters were told to close the doors at all stations for that shift.

Two other firefighters were fired Wednesday after admitting they also posted about Black Lives Matter protesters who closed a Columbia intersection and an interstate section late Sunday.

Spokesman Brick Lewis said the closed station was operating normally again Thursday after firefighters who work there said they felt safe returning.