Texas firefighter terminated over Facebook post

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MABANK, TX - These days, thanks to social media, it doesn't take very long for good or bad news to spread, but one east Texas man is learning the hard way that what you post can have some serious consequences.

"You can't put your opinions out there anymore because somewhere somebody's going to take that the wrong way and then they're going to run with it and that's what's happened here," said Kurtis Cook.

Kurtis Cook, a veteran firefighter of 23 years, was fired after he posted a comment on Facebook allegedly praising Dylan Roof, the accused Charleston church shooter.

His comment? "He needs to be praised for the good deed he has done."

To most people, it appeared that the volunteer firefighter was supporting the shooter, but Cook says that's not what he meant at all.

"When I, you know, was looking at the threads and you know I was just reading down and there was a person there posted that this Wyatt was donating a large sum of money to the victims, so I just said this person ought to be praised for his good deed," Cook said.

After a screenshot of Cook's comment went viral, the Mabank fire chief confronted him about it. Cook didn't deny the post and oddly enough, didn't even mention the donation post he claims he was commenting on.

The fire department issued a statement saying  "The Mabank Fire Department does not condone nor promote these type of actions or thoughts."

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