Florence, South Carolina 2021-05-01 12:55:20 –
Lancaster, South Carolina (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Lancaster’s volunteer fire chief has resigned after a controversial recent post on social media.
Francis Butchgent posted on Facebook the day after the deadly Secondary involvement shooting in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
“Dear police, stop dealing with these black neighborhoods. They eventually kill each other and the fake news has no story,” Ghent wrote.
“If he answers a fire in a black house, God is forbidden, are you going to burn all the children and everyone in the house because they are black?” Lancaster community activist Tonya Ross Said.Volunteer fire brigade leader in Lancaster County is causing controversy in a Facebook post
Looking at Ghent’s social media page, he found that he was a prolific poster. One day, his account has as many as 10 posts.
Most of them are related to politics and other hot button issues.
“They are so bold now that they say it out loud. They hide it and cover it up and whisper to each other. But now they say it out loud. And they’re okay with that.” Ross said
On Friday, April 30, he sent his resignation.
“I would like to apologize to you, a member of the McDonald’s Green Volunteer Division, for the recent controversy caused by posting on social media. This puts our division in a poor position and the community we all serve. I understand that it continues to cause distrust and controversy within.
I feel I need to resign from the chief or other leadership position within the department in order to try to heal the rift between this department and its community caused by my actions. I hope you will accept my resignation in the spirit I give you.
I sincerely hope that our relationship with the community will accept and support our services on their behalf and restore one of our trust. My resignation will take effect shortly after President Larings receives this letter.
Thank you for your confidence as Chief for many years. We are honored to serve you and our community as Chief. Pray for reconciliation and healing in our community. Hopefully this decision will be the beginning. “
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