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Pa. Fire Chief Resigns After Calling Steelers Coach the N-Word on Facebook

Volunteer Fire Chief Paul Smith of the Muse Fire Department in Cecil Township
Volunteer Fire Chief Paul Smith of the Muse Fire Department in Cecil Township

*The white Pennsylvania volunteer fire chief who called Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin a “no good n**ger” on Facebook, has reportedly resigned from his position as head of the Muse Fire Dept. in Cecil Township.

Paul Smith confirmed his exit to the local Observer-Reporter on Tuesday, two days after he posted the racist message on Facebook.

As previously reported, he told WPXI News that he was “frustrated and angry” over Tomlin’s decision to keep the team in the locker room during the national anthem, telling CBS News, “We’re not going to play politics.”

Smith took to Facebook with his frustration, writing: “Tomlin just added himself to the list of no good N**gers. Yes I said it.”

At least one government official had advised Smith to resign over his actions, according to the Observer-Reporter.

“He needs to resign, or I would hope the presidents of the fire company will take actions to make sure that he is no longer chief,” Cecil Township Supervisor Cindy Fisher told the newspaper earlier Tuesday.

The Facebook page for Cecil Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 3, which apparently was being confused with Smith’s Fire Company No. 2, also distanced itself from him with a statement that said it does not “condone or support the comments made” by Smith.

After the media picked up on his post, Smith apologized, saying he wrote the message “in anger.”

“What I said was wrong and I truly am sorry,” he said.

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