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‘N-word' post points to assistant fire chief

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Screenshot of the facebook post made under Hebel's name. Screenshot of the facebook post made under Hebel's name.
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The North Oldham Fire Protection District headquarters. The North Oldham Fire Protection District headquarters.

GOSHEN, KY (WAVE) - The North Oldham Fire Protection District is looking for whoever dredged up an offensive posting on social media. The district has launched an investigation into the online comment that involved one of its assistant fire chiefs. 

The district says that six months ago it took action to correct what it called an improper electronic communication. WAVE 3 News found a posting on facebook with Assistant Chief Charlie Hebel's name on it, apparently commenting on someone else's facebook status. The fire district says the communication was posted to social media six months ago. However, someone reposted it this week.

The statement used the "n-word" along with a very negative remark. It says, "I didn't think you could make a n-word's lip bigger." 

The Louisville Black Progressive Firefighters Association denounces the comments as shameful. 

"It makes us feel bad and anyone of that rank in this day and time should not use that type of language period," said Carl Thompson, president of the firefighters association.

Hebel declined to comment on the incident. Chief David Stoltz also declined comment, but sent the following statement:

"The North Oldham Fire Protection District has received a complaint early Monday, November 18, 2013, concerning certain improper, unauthorized, and wrong electronic communications which were wrongfully and fraudulently represented as being associated in any way with the North Oldham Fire Protection District, which evidence has been delivered to the Oldham County Police Department with a request for a complete, independent and immediate investigation to determine if there are violations of any Kentucky or Federal laws. The Oldham County Police Department determined the evidence and allegations did not constitute criminal conduct.

The North Oldham Fire Protection District condemns and completely dissociates itself from the improper, unauthorized, and wrong postings and immediately initiated an internal investigation with a private, independent, experienced consult with law enforcement background, to determine what, if any, discipline action can and should be taken immediately.

The North Oldham Fire Protection District has a long history serving the entire community based upon its integrity, honesty and professionalism of its Firefighters and their dedication to the entire community. North Oldham Fire Protection District is proud of its long history of serving the North Oldham community and working with the other Oldham County Fire Departments, Police Departments, and entire community and intends to immediately correct any misconduct or improper conduct.

The North Oldham Fire Protection District previously took immediate action to correct an improper, unauthorized, and wrong electronic communication some six (6) months ago which was made available to the Oldham County Police Department and to a consult. No additional information or statement will be made by the North Oldham Fire Protection District at this time to protect the investigation so any legal action necessary can be taken immediately."

WAVE 3 has learned that Hebel was promoted to assistant fire chief after the racially-charged post was made.

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