Six Miami firefighters fired after photos defaced with noose, explicit symbols

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Six Miami firefighters lost their jobs over a noose incident at a fire station. (Photo: Miami Fire Rescue)

MIAMI, Fla. (WPEC) – Six Miami firefighters have been fired over an incident involving a noose and lewd and sexually explicit drawings found on family photos of a lieutenant at a Miami Fire Rescue fire station.

According to the report from Miami Fire Rescue, the lieutenant, who has 17 years of experience with the department, found his family photos defaced with a noose and phallic drawings on September 9.

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Chief Joseph Zahralban said he immediately asked for an investigation and transferred all personnel from Fire Station No. 12 to another station, per department policy.

The results of the investigation led to eleven people who had some involvement with the incident getting relieved of duty, according to Chief Zahralban.

Zahralban said under his authority he fired six employees, which include a captain, lieutenant and four firefighters for “offenses surrounding egregious and hateful conduct.” The letters of termination were delivered on Wednesday.



Those employees are:

  • William W. Bryson
  • Alejandro Sese
  • Kevin Meizoso
  • Justin Rumbaugh
  • David Rivera
  • Harold Santana

Zahralban issued this statement in the wake of the firings:

It is the policy of the Department of Fire Rescue to provide a workplace for all of our employees that is free from intimidation, threats or violent acts. Our department is a diverse organization rich in tradition and we hold Honor, Integrity and Respect for our fellow firefighters in the highest regard. These are expectations I place on myself, my staff and every individual under my command as we continue to stand ready to serve our community.