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  • RACEWAY READS EMAIL ON FLAG FLAP

    Speedway VP Says Flag Flap Firefighter Not Wanted
    Posted: 5:58 a.m. EST November 9, 2001
    Updated: 7:34 a.m. EST November 9, 2001

    MIAMI-DADE, Fla. -- There is more controversy this morning surrounding a Miami-Dade County firefighter who was cleared of any wrongdoing for refusing to ride in a firetruck carrying an American flag.
    Firefighter D.C. Clark is one of 50 firefighters who are set to work this weekend at the Winston Cup race in Homestead.

    The Homestead Speedway's Vice President of operations sent a memo to the fire chief, saying he didn't want Clark there because of bad publicity.

    However, Clark's attorney says he's scheduled to work and he will not back down.

    QUOTE FROM CHANNEL 10 MIAMI FLORIDA

    [ 11-09-2001: Message edited by: Captain 12 ]
    , November 09, 2001



    THE NEWS STATION - WSVN


    Flag flap controversy continues


    Posted: November 9, 2001 09:49 AM


    (WSVN)-- Miami-Dade Fire PIO, Louis Fernandez, confirming that Firefighter William Clark will be participating in this weekend's NASCAR event.

    Fernandez also stating that word of other firefighters planning to walk out if Clark shows up are rumors. He says that will not be tolerated by the Department.

    And as far Fernandez knows, there was no memo being sent to the Fire Chief from Homestead-Miami Speedway requesting that Clark be removed from duty for the event.

    Phil De Montmollin of Homestead-Miami Speedway is looking into the memo, but claims he too had not seen any such memo.

    (Copyright 2001 Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

    [ 11-09-2001: Message edited by: Captain 12 ]

  • #2
    It is not clear here... is this "Clark" guy one of the insubordinate "members" who refused an order to ride a truck because of the way the City chose to decorate it? If he is, I hope the track Vice-president of Operations and Bill France himself send a letter to the Miami-Dade Fire Chief telling him that this person does not belong at a NASCAR event.

    What can we expect from him at a Winston Cup race? If Ken Schrader's car is painted like the American flag, will he refuse to be seen in the pit area with it? Or if it were to catch fire on the track, will he refuse to go near it since it will make him feel oppressed??? Is he going to turn his back during the National Anthem?

    I think it would be good judgement on the Chief's part to find this character something else to do this weekend. His presence has too much potential for problems. On the other hand, if they assign him to the infield campground, I am sure some of the "good ol' boys" can give him the punishement that Miami-Dade Fire Department couldn't get accomplished.
    Richard Nester
    Orrville (OH) Fire Dept.

    "People don't care what you know... until they know that you care." - Scott Bolleter

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    • #3
      Yes he was one of the trio that started the flag flap.....

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      • #4
        However, Clark's attorney says he's scheduled to work and he will not back down.
        Let's see, this is the same guy who was scheduled to work his regular shift but "backed down" when he saw the American flag on the engine?

        Nice to see we have our priorities straight

        FTM!
        Guinness....a meal in a can!
        IACOJ, Flatlander Division

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        • #5
          So, did this "oppressed" individual work the event? I hope he suffered no permanent harm from having to endure things like The National Anthem, God Bless America, an opening prayer or seeing car #15 driving by with the flag of the Uniter States of America on its paint scheme.
          Richard Nester
          Orrville (OH) Fire Dept.

          "People don't care what you know... until they know that you care." - Scott Bolleter

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