As some might say, never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.
For the second time in a week, a member of the FDNY is off the job for posting racial tweets. This time it’s a lieutenant who even targeted his boss, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
EMS Lt. Timothy Dluhos has an undated image in his myspace profile that shows him smiling on the edge of a boat. The 34-year-old is not smiling much these days as he has been tossed overboard by the FDNY, suspended for a full month. Dluhos, who had an administrative post and worked out of Station 57 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, was pulled after his racially toxic tweets were exposed. A few of his reported posts are too vile to reprint, but the New York Post offered up a few samples, “I’m going to give up racial insults for Lent,” said one. Another says, “A gold Nazi-era pin with a German U-boat and a swastika is “my most prized artifact.”
According to the New York Post, Dluhos broke down in sobs on Friday after his foul tweets were exposed, “There has got to be a lot worse out there than me,” he insisted. “My life is ruined. Oh, my God. I’m so sorry.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg who was targeted by Dluhos in a few racially fueled tweets spoke at a news conference around the corner from Station 57 Monday afternoon. Bloomberg asked rhetorically why someone would post negative tweets that ultimately will be discovered and deliver consequences.
“It’s kind of hard to understand how anybody like that would not think that someday somebody is going to take a look at what they do,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
As this latest case was being retweeted, it is essentially a replay of what happened a week ago. In the volcanic case that involved Joseph Cassano, son of FDNY commissioner Salvatore Cassano, the EMT was nailed for saying that “he like Jews as much as Hitler,” And thanking MLK for time and half but saying that he “can go kick rocks for all he cares.”
Cassano ultimately resigned and his father had to answer a new round of criticism surrounding the FDNY’s poor record when it comes to hiring minorities.
As for the potential of the city implementing a policy banning city workers from tweeting? Mayor Bloomberg admits that he has looked into it but it is challenging, “There are all sorts of first amendment issues.”
The President for Local 3621, the union that represents the The lieutenants and captains for EMS, refused to comment.
Dluhos is now undergoing due process within the department. If he doesn’t resign, his actions may lead to termination.