Leon Hendrix, Wood TV, December 12, 2016
A racist Facebook rant in which a Belding firefighter called a black woman the N-word has cost him his job.
Ryan Hudson, 40, was fired Monday, hours after the Belding fire chief learned of postings from his Facebook page. Hudson had been a paid on-call firefighter for the department for about the past year, department officials said.
The postings in question were in the comments below a Facebook user’s status update about President-elect Donald Trump. The conversation shifted to a debate about race and the actions of Colin Kaepernick, the football player famed for refusing to stand during the National Anthem.
That’s when Hudson, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, made a profanity-laced comment.
“F — Black Lives Matter. You are the epitome of a n — – and if you think it’s just black lives kiss my a– b — – and go back to the fields that us in the north fought to free you from,” the most offensive of the postings read.
It didn’t take long for word about what happened to get to Belding Fire Chief Gregg Moore. The chief fired Hudson immediately.
“Utter shock,” Moore said, describing his initial response to the post. “The repercussions here were obvious… We made immediate termination of this employee.”
“It’s very out of character for me,” Hudson said. “I’m truly sorry from the bottom of my heart because it doesn’t reflect everybody.”
“I served with black people,” Hudson said. “I was willing to die for them.”