Illinois Firefighters Return to Work After Sticker Suspension

A group of Maywood firefighters who were suspended for refusing to remove patriotic stickers from their helmets and lockers can return to work and can keep their American flag stickers posted, reports NBC Chicago.

“I have made the decision to put a department-issued flag on every locker in the firefighters’ locker room,” Bronaugh said. “I want everyone to be clear that there was never an issue of disposing of the flag.”

Four suburban Chicago firefighters claimed they were ordered to go home Tuesday for refusing to remove stickers of American flags after Bronaugh 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.

“We are the first African-American father and son on the Maywood Fire Department,” Flowers said. “It has sentimental value.”

Don Albanese agreed to remove several stickers, including a memorial flag from his helmet, but kept an American flag on his locker.

“I said, ‘You know what? The one thing I won’t do is I’m not going to remove the flag on my locker,'” he said. “No one sees it but us. We’re all brothers here.”

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