Texas firefighter terminated over alleged Facebook post about Charleston massacre

ExploreMore popular and trending stories
An East Texas volunteer firefighter is off the job after he allegedly made an offensive post about the Charleston massacre on Facebook.

According to KLTV, Kurtis Cook, a volunteer firefighter for the Mabank Fire Department, reportedly posted in support of Dylann Storm Roof, the white man accused of fatally shooting nine people at a historically black church in Charleston last week.

"He needs to be praised for what he has done," Cook allegedly wrote in the comments of a Facebook post by a South Carolina newspaper.

Cook's alleged comment was quickly circulated on social media, along with his home phone number and the number of the Mabank Fire Department.

The department said on its Facebook page Friday morning that it was investigating the claims. About an hour later, the department said it had "terminated Kurtis Cook as a volunteer firefighter permanently and has trespassed him from all Mabank Fire Department property."

The Mabank Fire Department Command Staff  is in the process of investigating the allegations being made of Firefighter...

Posted by Mabank Fire Department on Friday, June 19, 2015

As of 1123 hrs, after an investigation in the allegations being made of Firefighter Kurtis Cook, the Mabank Fire...

Posted by Mabank Fire Department on Friday, June 19, 2015