Washington Heights fire chief accused of more racist remarks

A suspended fire chief in Wallkill is once again facing scrutiny, this time for allegedly referring to an African American critic using the same racial slurs that landed him in trouble in the first place.

News 12 Staff

Jun 10, 2020, 9:31 PM

Updated 1,444 days ago

Share:

A suspended fire chief in Wallkill is once again facing scrutiny, this time for allegedly referring to an African American critic using the same racial slurs that landed him in trouble in the first place.
"He answered back, 'Hello pavement ape' and then he said … 'Sorry you're just a n***r' and the word was in capital letters," said Kristie Alfieri.
Alfieri said she received that response Monday after reaching out to criticize Washington Heights Fire Chief Chuck Healy.
"It scares me that he's a public servant. Does he let black people's houses burn down? Does he not resuscitate a black person?" asked Alfieri.
Healy, who volunteers for the department in Wallkill, is accused of a racist rant that News 12 first reported on last week. Healy allegedly referred to protesters as "pavement apes" and the N-word.
Wallkill Supervisor Frank DenDanto says he's mortified by the remarks. And while the town has no jurisdiction over the department, it has stopped allowing the department to fill their firetrucks with town gasoline until written notice is received that Healy is permanently removed.
The department's attorney says more disciplinary charges will now be filed against Healy in light of the new alleged remarks. The chief remains suspended and News 12 is told he is out of state.
A representative for the Washington Heights Fire Department says an investigation is underway and that a disciplinary hearing will be held to determine if Healy will be allowed to continue to serve.


More from News 12