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Garfield Firefighters Face Suspension Over Facebook Wedding Invite

Fire Company 1 volunteer firefighters Paul Mellor and Danielle Szep were threatened with suspension after posting part of their wedding invitation on Facebook that showed the back of their department coats.
Fire Company 1 volunteer firefighters Paul Mellor and Danielle Szep were threatened with suspension after posting part of their wedding invitation on Facebook that showed the back of their department coats. Photo Credit: Garfield Borough Website

GARFIELD, N.J. -- Two engaged Garfield Fire Company 1 volunteer firefighters were surprised when one of them was threatened with suspension for posting on Facebook part of their wedding invitation that showed the back of their department coats, according to NorthJersey.com.

Paul Mellor and Danielle Szep said they could not believe it when Szep was threatened with being suspended for the posting; it was a new department rule that had not been discussed with the firefighters, said the story on NorthJersey.com. She has volunteered for the department for the past seven years, and Mellor has volunteer for the past six years, reported NorthJersey.com.

Mellor was so upset he took his complaint to the Garfield City Council during its public comments section, saying he wanted to file a complaint against Fire Chief James Kovacs Sr. because they volunteered hours of their time to the department and then were treated with disrespect, reported NorthJersey.com. Mayor Tana Raymond supported the couple and said the council was working with all the chiefs regarding the new policy, added NorthJersey.com.

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