Burnin' Down the House!

Havorford Township is a home rule community in Delaware County, one of the inner ring of suburbs of Philadelphia. It’s a wealthy suburb, full of classic homes on tree lined streets, and it looks like a pleasant place to live, if you like living in such places.¹ Highly ranked Haverford College is there, and the place is tony enough that it has “hosted two different men’s major golf championships at two different golf clubs: Merion Golf Club hosted the 1934, 1950, 1971, 1981, and 2013 U.S. Open, and Llanerch Country Club hosted the 1958 PGA Championship.

It’d be a shame if it all burned down.

Haverford Township Closes Fire Company For Failing To Take Action Against Volunteer Allegedly Affiliated With Extremist Group

By CBS 3 | September 4, 2019 | 11:12 pm

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — A local volunteer fire company shut down after a member’s ties to an extremist group surfaced. Haverford Township officials closed the Bon Air Fire Company after they say the fire company failed to act on the issue.

Sources tell CBS3 that not only was he a volunteer firefighter, but he was also the vice president of the fire company.

Established in 1918, the Bon Air Fire Company has served Haverford Township for more than a century. But on Wednesday evening, the fire house was effectively closed.

“At this point, the Bon Air Fire Company is out of service,” Haverford Township Police Chief John Viola said.

The issue, according to township officials has to do with one of the volunteers. On Aug. 14, an anonymous tip came in, saying one of the firefighters had tried to become a member of a group some believe to be extreme. Sources tells CBS3 the group is called Proud Boys.

The township says the group’s tenet is that they are “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world” and promoted “closed borders,” “anti-political correctness,” and “venerating the housewife.”

Did the volunteer fireman do anything wrong?

“It was assigned to our deputy chief and did a full background investigation and found there was no criminal activity at all,” Viola said.

No allegations were made that either the fire company as a whole or the volunteer fireman as an individual did anything radical like refused to respond to or try to put out a fire.

The township’s press release, in a .pdf document, stated:

The volunteer’s participation in an organization described as an extremist group and the Bon Air Fire Company’s failure to address this matter conflicts with the public policy of Haverford Township, which includes that insuring that all persons are treated fairly and equally, and that all persons enjoy the full benefits of citizenship.

“The full benefits of citizenship”? Such as “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” that benefit of citizenship?

“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” — Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI)

“McCarthyism” has long been derided as a witch hunt — and, of course, every witch hunt has always found a witch! — to find, ostracize, impoverish and sometimes imprison people for their personal political beliefs. The personal beliefs of the volunteer² caused the township to ask for his resignation from the fire company. He submitted his resignation, but his friends at the fire company supported him and refused to accept it. And thus, the entire fire company has been dismissed. While there are four other fire companies in Haverford, this means that they will have to cover a larger geographic area, and will take longer to respond to a fire that would normally have been on Bon Air’s area.

It looks as though Ward Commissioners would rather see someone’s house burn down that tolerate a volunteer, someone not paid by the township, to put it out.
¹ – Full disclosure: I have supplied some ready mixed concrete for projects and done quality control work at Haverford College, in 2004.
² – The fireman’s identity has been published elsewhere, but I shall not do so here, because the left will try to get him fired from whatever job he has to put food on the table.
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