Fire company closes amid white supremacist controversy

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A volunteer fire company in Haverford Township was shut down Wednesday after officials discovered one of its members was involved with an extremist group. 

Haverford Township officials found out in mid-August that a volunteer with the Bon Air Fire Company had gone through part of a white supremacist group’s initiation process. 

According to the township, the group’s website says members are “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world,” they want closed borders, and the group doesn’t allow women or transgender men in the group. 

A Google search of these ideas leads to the Proud Boys, an “alt-right” group of white supremacists who claim they fight for freedom of speech but promote violence. 

The Haverford Township manager and deputy chief of police conducted an investigation and met with Bon Air Fire Company officials and emphasized the seriousness of the matter to them. 

By this time, the volunteer in question had resigned, but the fire company did not accept his resignation. 

The Bon Air Fire Company decided not to take action. 

However, the township manager ruled that the failure to address the matter conflicted with public policy, which calls for everyone to be treated fairly and equally. The township declared the fire company had to be shut down. 

Fire service for Bon Air will now be provided by four other volunteer fire companies within the township. 

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