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EXCLUSIVE: Axed firefighter alleges racism

After being let go in December, Darrell filed two more complaints against the department, saying race was the main reason behind his dismissal.

South Schenectady fire fighter Matt Mickle, who has been with the department for 10 years, said he also believes Darrell was relieved of his duties because of his race.

"There's not much else you can blame it on. He's the only black fire fighter in the department and has been treated in a different way from everyone else," said Mickle. "He would like to be a firefighter. He wants to serve his community but is unable to because of the fire chief and board of fire commissioners " because of whatever prejudices they hold."

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