The firefighter concerned has since apologized for his assertion.
GLASTONBURY, Conn. — Glastonbury firefighter James Stanley captured on video this Sunday throughout a Black Lives Matter meals drive stating: “I believe you do away with Narcan, and when folks overdose, you allow them to die.
Al Mayo is a lieutenant with the New London Fireplace Division and was at that BLM rally when he heard the change.
“I used to be standing by him with my daughter, and he made the remark he made and I used to be clearly instantly appalled by it,” Mayo mentioned.
Organizers mentioned Stanley was on the rally alongside Predominant Avenue in Glastonbury as a counter-protester. It was throughout a heated argument about opioid overdoses with Black860 member Ivelisse Correa, that he was captured on video saying, “I believe you do away with Narcan, and when folks overdose, you allow them to die.”
“You’re a primary responder that’s not the way in which even in the event you’re joking- that you just’re supposed to reply to these conditions. I would not belief a buddy or member of the family that’s having an overdose,” Correa mentioned.
Correa was the individual recording the video. She mentioned she misplaced a member of the family to an overdose and believes Stanley must be held accountable for his phrases.
“I misplaced my cousin to an overdose in January 2018 if that was the individual that responded I would be fairly pissed,” Correa mentioned.
Stanley apologizing for his feedback Tuesday by way of Fb stating partially:
“I wish to apologize for my remark relating to Narcan on Might 2nd, it was insensitive and inappropriate. I too have suffered loss as a consequence of substance habit and perceive how hurtful my phrases have been. this remark under no circumstances represents my character or conduct as a 20-year veteran of the hearth service.”
Mayo mentioned Stanley’s stance on Narcan shouldn’t be shared among the many majority of firefighters.
“His actions are a mirrored image of his personal emotions, and he has to face penalties to what he mentioned, 99% of firefighters will disagree with what he mentioned -myself included- it doesn’t mirror the Glastonbury fireplace division or some other fireplace division on the market,” Mayo mentioned.
The Glastonbury fireplace division additionally launched a press release studying:
“The division is conscious of a private remark made by a member of our group yesterday relating to the usage of naloxone (Narcan). The person’s remark is upsetting, and not at all a mirrored image of those that dedicate themselves to defending the residents and guests of Glastonbury. This can be a personnel matter, and there might be no additional remark.”
“I do hope this can be a studying expertise for him, I would not really feel protected with him and I really feel like he’s damaged the group belief at massive,” Correa mentioned.
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