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Second EMT Comes Under Fire Over Twitter Posts

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For the second time in a week, a city EMT is under fire after being accused of posting racist and anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

EMS Lieutenant Timothy Dluhos has been suspended without pay for 30 days.

The New York Post says he tweeted photos of an arsenal of weapons at his Staten Island home and also posted multiple racially tinged remarks, including ones aimed at Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who he called "King Heeb" and "King Jew."

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and other officials read about the tweets in a Post story, according to the report.

Cassano's own EMT son, Joseph Cassano, resigned last week after his Twitter account was called into question over racially charged comments.

Dluhos told the Post he was just venting stress from work.

The Vulcan Society, a group of black firefighters, called for Dluhos' resignation on Monday.

"We can't have people with these types of attitudes running into people's homes of New York City citizens. And it speaks to a larger issue as well and that is the institutional racism that exists within the fire department," said FDNY Captain Paul Washington.

Bloomberg said the FDNY was right to suspend Dluhos, but he refused to paint a broad stroke on the entire department.

"I don't know how you feel about people who have devoted their lives to public service, who are willing to rush into danger to save your life and your kids' lives, and to blast them and to insinuate that they are something that they're not, that they're racist or homophobic or whatever the case may be, I think it's just an outrage," the mayor said.

Regina Wilson, a female firefighter in Brooklyn, said she is worried the FDNY's public profile will suffer.

"When the public views the department as being racist and sexist it gives it a very bad light," Wilson said.

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