N.Y. FFs find ‘very offensive’ hate speech spray-painted on firehouse

A window also was smashed at Plainville Fire District Station 2; an investigation is under way


James McClendon
syracuse.com

Memphis, N.Y. — A Plainville Fire District commissioner was driving on Plainville Road Saturday morning when he noticed the side of Station 2 had been spray-painted with hate speech.

The graffiti, which included anti-Semitic language and the use of the N-word, was littered across the north and east walls of the firehouse, said Andy Rice, one of the Plainville Fire District Commissioners. An anti-Jesus slur was also painted on the wall, he said.

“It’s very offensive,” Rice said. “How could anyone stoop so low? This is a public building used as a home base for volunteers... men and women that dedicate their lives to helping others in their time of need.”

A window above a door on the back of the building was also smashed in, but it did not appear anyone had been inside the firehouse, Rice said. There are also no cameras at the firehouse, located at 6808 Plainville Rd. in Memphis.

There were no footprints in the snow around the building, so the vandalism did not happen in the last few days, Rice said. He said that made it hard to tell exactly how many people were involved. A winter storm dropped inches of snow over much of Central New York over the last few days.

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the vandalism. It is still in the preliminary stages, said Sgt. Kathrine Loveland, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Fire chief Jeff Proper said after deputies left the firehouse, he spent about an hour covering up the graffiti with red paint.

“I think it’s kids playing a dumb prank,” he said. “We are going to pursue this.”

Proper said he would like to have the people involved in the vandalism repaint the entire firehouse.

The Plainville Fire Department has 23 volunteer firefighters.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the vandalism to contact them through their tip line.

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