Franklin Twp. officials accept resignation of firefighter who issued racial slur

8:20 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 Warren County

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (Sept. 27): Franklin Twp. officials tonight have accepted, without comment, the resignation of Volunteer firefighter Tyler Roysdon.

A Franklin Twp. firefighter who posted a racially charged comment on social media last week has resigned.

Tyler Roysdon submitted his resignation as a volunteer firefighter on Monday, according to township officials.

Trustees President Brian Morris confirmed Roysdon’s resignation.

Fire Chief Steve Bishop indefinitely suspended Roysdon on Sept. 12 after learning of the racially charged comment, which had been posted to Facebook.

Roysdon, 20, indicated in the post that if he had to choose between saving a dog or a black man from a burning building that he would save the dog first because “one dog is more important than a million” and then used a racial slur.

A disciplinary hearing before the township board of trustees, on a charge of conduct unbecoming a township employee, had been scheduled for Sept. 27. 

Over the past few days, the presidents of the NAACP branches in Dayton and in Middletown have called for Roysdon’s termination.

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