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Mount Vernon Firefighter Returns To Duty After Instagram Post Suspension

Mount Vernon Fire Lt. Omar Lanier
Mount Vernon Fire Lt. Omar Lanier Photo Credit: News 12

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The Mount Vernon firefighter that found himself in hot water earlier this year for a fiery social media post is back on the job following a lengthy suspension.

In August, Lt. Omar Lanier was suspended for reportedly calling for the deaths of law enforcement members on an Instagram post in the wake of the shooting in Dallas that took the lives of five officers. According to a report , Lanier returned to work this week, although he will be placed on probation for one year.

The post, which has since been removed, read, “Hooray for Dallas and the real gangstas who took the shots.” It also called on his followers to “keep it going.” The post prompted an investigation by the fire department, which resulted in Mount Vernon Fire Commissioner Ernest Richardson to suspend him.

The nine-year veteran of the fire department was prompted to the rank of lieutenant in a March ceremony. He could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday.

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