Posted Dec. 5, 2007 – The Baltimore Fire Department says that a Black paramedic apprentice is the culprit who placed a noose and a threatening note inside a firehouse.
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Gary Maynard, the one who reported finding the note and rope, was fired after confessing to city police that he was responsible, according to Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright.
The act was "meant to create the perception that members within our department were acting in a discriminatory and unprofessional manner," said a statement from Fire Chief William Goodwin.
Maynard has not yet been charged with a crime.
When the note and noose were first found several days ago, Mayor Sheila Dixon said in a statement that she was outraged by a "deplorable act of hatred and intimidation." There had been instances of racial conflict in the department.
Henry Burris, the president of the Vulcan Blazers, a Black firefighters group, said at the time that "the fire department must take a stand against this type of behavior. It may not come from the chief of the fire department, but the mayor but must intervene. This cannot exist in a vacuum. There must be a culture that allows this to happen."
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