Deputy Fire Chief’s Satirical Facebook Post Brings Controversy

COLUMBUS, OH &#8211 A veteran firefighter was facing an investigation Wednesday for a controversial post on Facebook.

Madison Township firefighter Chris Wolfgang has been with the department for nearly 30 years and has served as the deputy chief for the past six, 10TV’s Ashleigh Barry reported.

Wolfgang said that he posted a comment and a picture on Facebook regarding the Madison Township Trustees. The post read, “Breaking news: Deputy fire chief gives trustee chairman his opinion. Details to follow.”

The post depicted a boy kicking another in the groin area, Barry reported.

“I’m really astounded by the attention this is drawing. I really am,” Wolfgang said. “It was political satire, and that’s it. It was a joke.”

Madison Township Trustee Chairman David Spain declined an on-camera interview with 10TV News but said that based on the wording, the picture represented an assault on him. He said that he felt threatened and contacted the sheriff’s office.

Wolfgang said that Spain’s interpretation of the post was wrong and that he did not violate any rules.

“I didn’t violate anything,” Wolfgang said. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Wolfgang said that Spain was not treating the fire department fairly and that he was just expressing his frustration on his personal Facebook page.

“I don’t see what I did was wrong,” Wolfgang said. “I was exercising my First Amendment rights and that’s it. Plain and simple.”

Wolfgang said that he had not received internal discipline from the department, Barry said.

Spain said that he was waiting to hear from the prosecutor’s office to see if any formal charges would be filed.

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