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SW Indiana fire chief resigns over racial posts


Updated: December 11, 2013 11:22PM

OWENSBURG (AP) — The chief of a southwestern Indiana volunteer fire department has resigned after being confronted about postings on his Facebook page saying he was a racist and had joined the Ku Klux Klan.

Sean Sargent resigned Tuesday after about a year as chief of the Owensburg Fire Department in rural Greene County.

Jackson Township Trustee Paul Trampke, who oversees the fire department, said he was shocked by Sargent’s postings and confronted him after hearing of complaints about them to the sheriff’s department.

The Herald Times and WRTV report Sargent’s now-deactivated Facebook page included jokes with racial expletives and a post inviting others to support the KKK.

Sargent says his posts were directed at people who take advantage of taxpayers and that he hasn’t discriminated against anyone because of their race.

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