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Supporters rally to help fired assistant Albany fire chief

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Supporters of a fired assistant Albany fire chief rallied Thursday night to try and help him get his job back.

Rod Jolivette was fired last month for ordering a fire truck and crew to help him clean up flood damage at his aunt and uncle's house on Gail Avenue.

Supporters say he was just helping Albany citizens who happened to be his family.

"Regardless of who it is if there is a person that need help a fireman is supposed to help them, I don't care who it is your mother, your brother, they are citizens that need your assistance, this is what they do all the time," said Bishop John Burr, People Clergy Community Involvement.

City leaders insist that is not what firefighters do and it is a clear violation to use city employees for personal work.

Jolivette's supporters called for a new investigation into the firing, an apology from the city, and for Chief James Carswell to step down.

Jolivette was not at the rally.

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