The Department is currently guided by the leadership of Chief Craig Bronaugh.
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“Four Maywood firefighters were sentÂ homeÂ Tuesday, pending discipline, for refusing to remove American flag decals from their helmets.
The four refused to comply with an order issued last week by Chief Craig Bronaugh to remove all stickers from their helmets and lockers. The four drew the line when it came to the flag decals.
A representative from Service EmployeesInternationalÂ Union Local 73, which represents the firefighters, met for an hour with Chief Bronaugh Tuesday afternoon, with the union hoping Chief Bronaugh would modify his order. Instead, he ordered the four sent home immediately, pending disciplinary action.
Union spokesman Adam Rosen said he is â€œshockedâ€ that an agency of first responders would enforce such an order the week of September 11.
Maywood has had no such order in the recent past. One of the four firefighters, Dave Flowers Jr., inherited his locked from hisÂ fatherÂ when his father retired from the Maywood Fire Department and has stickers dating back several decades that Rosen calls â€œirreplaceable.â€
WBBM has reached out to Cheif Bronaugh, leaving messages asking him for comment.”