NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Fire Department emergency medical services lieutenant cried after a reporter confronted him about a string of racist tweets, according to a published report.
Lt. Timothy Dluhos, 34, was the subject of a New York Post report Sunday after the discovery of his Twitter account with the online name “Bad Lieutenant” and a picture of Adolf Hitler as his profile photo.
The account had been disabled as of Sunday afternoon, but still appeared in cached form. The tweets that were still available largely featured jokes accompanied by the hashtag “#FatLadyTweets.”
But the newspaper reported that Dluhos, who works from the EMS Station 57 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, issued many tweets with far more disturbing content.
He called Mayor Michael Bloomberg “King Heeb” in some tweets and made references to “coloreds” in others, the newspaper reported. He also tweeted that his “most prized artifact” is a gold Nazi-era pin featuring a German U-boat, and also put up a photo gallery of obese naked women, the newspaper reported.
When the newspaper confronted Dluhos at his Staten Island home, he reportedly cried and said his life was “ruined,” and tried to explain that he “didn’t hate anyone.”
The FDNY told the newspaper that Dluhos’ posts are “under review.”
This the second time in less than a week that an FDNY employee’s tweets have made less-than-flattering headlines.
Last week, emergency medical technician and prospective firefighter Joseph Cassano, 23 – the son of FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano – was burned by ugly and insensitive messages he posted on Twitter.
“I love boob jobs,” the younger Cassano tweeted. “I wish every girl in America were forced to get one once they turn 18.”
About the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, he tweeted, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”
He also tweeted, “I like Jews about as much as Hitler. Too far? Nope.”
And he tweeted, “Getting sick of all these obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.”
Cassano apologized for the tweets and resigned from his position. His father said the tweets “do not reflect the values – including a respect for all people – that are held by me, my family and the FDNY.”
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