Painesville fire chief says fire captain could face discipline after insensitive Facebook post

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 13:26:15-04

An Ohio fire captain is in hot water after a comment he made on Facebook.

Veronica Jane Freelove posted a message on the social media network about a deadly crash in Chardon where a 17-year-old driver failed to stop at an intersection Tuesday. 

An 18-year-old was killed.

Freelove, who is transgender, wrote that she thought the teen should be charged with a driving offense.

"Eat a [expletive], and shove your Facebook law degree up your [expletive]," commented John Niehus, a fire captain with the Painesville Fire Department.

Freelove wants Niehus to be suspended.

"I would like an apology, but I would also like to see the city give some sensitivity training to keep something like this from happening again," she said. "I don't think the man should be fired. I know he made a mistake. I think the fire department needs to take steps to make sure this doesn't happen to somebody else."

Niehus made the comment from his personal Facebook account.

Painesville Fire Chief Mark Mlachak said he is looking at disciplinary options.

NOTE: The 17-year-old who was driving the car passed away Wednesday.