A West Virginia Fire Chief has been fired after he was found to have made a number of “inappropriate and inflammatory” social media posts about the George Floyd protesters.
Governor Jim Justice confirmed that he has removed Martin Hess from the West Virginia State Fire Commission after he became aware of multiple social media posts on his profile.
One such post includes an image of a blood splattered truck with the caption “Just drove through Minneapolis, didn’t see any protesters,” reported WOWK.
Another shows Hess wearing a t-shirt with the words “All lives splatter. Nobody cares about your protest. Keep your ass out of the road.”
The t-shirt also features a cartoon image of a car driving through a crowd of people and knocking them into the air.
In a press release Thursday night, Gov. Jim Justice said Martin Hess, the fire chief for the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department, was removed as a member of the West Virginia State Fire Commission.
According to Justice, several social media posts by Hess were brought to Justice’s attention that the governor said were “inappropriate and inflammatory.”
“My office has received information referencing various social media posts you have made which are inappropriate,” Justice said in a letter to Hess notifying him of his removal from the commission. “I will not tolerate behavior like this from anyone representing the state of West Virginia.”
Hess later issued an apology on his Facebook page.
“Due to my post I have upset a lot of people and I am sorry for that by all means I did not mean [to upset] anyone,” Hess wrote. “A peaceful protest is fine as long as no one gets hurt we need to remember that all lives matter we are all the same color in god’s eyes so I guess all I can do is say I am sorry and did not mean any disrespect to anyone or any group.”