Brampton firefighter apologizes for FB post calling dead tow truck driver an 'idiot'
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Monday, November 2, 2015 4:00PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 2, 2015 5:11PM EST
Brampton’s fire chief says he is “shocked and offended” after one of his firefighters posted a diatribe to Facebook in which he called tow truck drivers “idiots” and suggested that the victim in a fatal crash in Mississauga was to blame for the incident.
On Friday, firefighter Darren LaCroix took to his personal Facebook page to post a link about a crash in which the driver of a tow truck died after his vehicle was struck by a GO Train.
In the post, which has since been deleted, LaCroix asked “Are all GTA tow truck drivers f**** idiots?” and went on to say “Ya buddy at least you only hurt yourself this time and inconvenienced everybody else.”
A screengrab of LaCroix’s initial post shows he shared a link to a CTV News story with the headline “Driver dies after Milton GO train crashes into tow truck.”
After deleting the initial message, LaCroix posted another message on Monday stating that he was unaware that the driver had lost his life and “expressing his sincere apologies and condolences” to the victim’s friends and family.
In a statement provided to CP24 on Monday, Brampton Fire Chief Michael Clark said he is “shocked” by the initial remarks and notes that Lacroix will be spoken to regarding the comments.
According to a public sector salary disclosure for employees making $100,000 or more, LaCroix is a captain with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services.
"From what I've seen from the posting, we're shocked and offended by it, and I don't know what his personal issue is with tow truck operators but speaking for myself and his colleagues we see the tow trucks operators as our partners and we have a good working relationship with them,” Clark said in his statement. “I really don't know where this originated and we are as shocked and surprised by this as anyone else."
According to witnesses at the scene of Friday’s crash, the tow truck driver responded to a three-vehicle collision at a rail crossing west of Lisgar GO Station at around 6:30 a.m. and inadvertently parked on the tracks when he moved his vehicle for approaching fire trucks.
When he realized his vehicle was in the in path of an incoming train, witnesses said the driver hopped back in and attempted to move it but could not do so in time. The tow truck was then dragged for about half a kilometer before coming to a stop, police say.
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