Chicago Firefighters Say They Were Sent Home for Refusing to Remove Patriotic Stickers

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Four suburban Chicago firefighters say they were suspended after refusing to remove patriotic stickers posted on their helmets and lockers.

The Maywood firefighters say they were ordered to go home for refusing to remove stickers of American flags after their fire chief implemented a ban on all stickers.

“I’m floored that he would even consider this two days before 9/11,” said firefighter Dan McDowell. “It’s ridiculous.”

Some said the stickers were sentimental.
“My dad served here for 26 years, an ex-marine, ex-Vietnam vet,” said Dave Flowers, Jr. “I took his locker.”

Flowers said he was ordered to take a sticker off his locker or he would face discipline.

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