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This fireman's racist comment about black people and dogs cost him his job

A Facebook post by an Ohio volunteer firefighter led him to resign from the department. (Image source: Fox 19 screenshot)

A volunteer firefighter in Ohio wrote on Facebook that he would save a dog before saving a black person from a burning building, because to him, "one dog is more important that a million n*****s."

20-year-old Tyler Roysdon of Franklin Township, Ohio, was suspended indefinitely once his superiors discovered the comment, and he later resigned from his position.

His words were condemned by the fire department and citizens of the small Ohio community.

“Even if you take race out of it, it still would be wrong," Township Trustees President Brian Morris said. "I’m disgusted in what he said. There is no reason for him to say that anytime, anywhere … That should never be said.

“I want people to realize this is only one man’s comment. We have a great group of men (firefighters) and disgusting comments from one individual does not represent the entire fire department," Morris continued.

His wife, Joei Roysdon, told Fox 19 that her husband was sorry for the comments, but also defended his right to hold the opinion.

"He admitted that he said the things that were wrong and apologized. Everyone deserves a second chance and is also entitled to their own opinion," she said.

This writer's perspective

It's 2017, and people still haven't grasped the fact that what they say and do on the internet matters in real life.

Whether it's a Missouri lawmaker saying she wishes the president would get assassinated, a sports talk host calling the president a white supremacist, or a senator liking a pornographic tweet, too many people still don't know how to behave online.

Truth be told, the world was probably a better place before social media gave an easy outlet for people to broadcast their worst and most inappropriate opinions.

But, just like the First Amendment gives us the constitutional right to say whatever we want, it also gives us the ability to sabotage ourselves when we don't have the good sense to know when to stay quiet.

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