Contrary to the provocative title of this article a Providence Firefighter was not fired for saying a woman should stop eating fried chicken. That comment was simply the final straw.
Firefighters are a noble bunch; our actions define us for the most part. Unfortunately what we say defines us for the rest.
Had this been the first incident of regrettable words spoken by the fired firefighter a far different outcome would have been the result. Suspension, ineligibility for overtime, demotion and probation would be likely.
Words are cheap, but the reaction and subsequent actions that some words put into play are far from it.