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CT Firefighter Resigns After Making 'Inappropriate' Comment About Drug Users And Narcan

A volunteer firefighters with the Glastonbury Fire Department resigned after being caught on video making insensitive comments.
A volunteer firefighters with the Glastonbury Fire Department resigned after being caught on video making insensitive comments. Photo Credit: Glastonbury Fire Department

A Connecticut firefighter’s recent comment about drug overdose victims has resigned following a backlash from the community after a video surfaced online.

The news came on Wednesday, May 5 that Glastonbury Volunteer Firefighter James Stanley had resigned in a statement from Glastonbury Fire Chief Michael Thurz.

“This past Sunday (May 1), and while on his personal time, a former member of the Fire Department made an inappropriate and insensitive comment that violates the core opinions, values, and dignity of the organization,” Thurz said.

Thurz was referring to Stanley's alleged comments with Black Lives Matter 860 leader Ivelisse Correa, which were recorded, in which Stanley suggested banning Narcan used to revive opioid overdose victims.

A video shot by Correa shows she, Stanley, and others arguing about several issues.

Correa then asks Stanley why Glastonbury officials are not dealing with the drug epidemic.

Stanley responds, “Why don’t you get rid of (expletive) Narcan, and when people overdose, you let them die.”

The chief said Stanley's statement had blemished the department.

"The statement of banning Naloxone (Narcan) and letting those who battle addiction succumb to their illness is not only disturbing but inexcusable," Thurz said.

The chief went on to say, that even though firefighters don't administer Narcan, their mission was to "protect life and property within the Glastonbury community."

"The statement made this past Sunday failed this mission and the values our collective members regard so highly and the individual has since resigned," he added.

Thurz added that he was saddened that one "individual’s comments can reflect so poorly on the organization overall, and we recognize the need to reassure the community that they can be confident and trust in their Fire Department."

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