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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some members of the community continue to rally behind a fired Albany Assistant Fire Chief.

Rod Jolivette was fired last month because he ordered a fire crew to clean up a relative's flooded house on Gail Avenue. Wednesday night, People Clergy Community Involvement gathered to support Jolivette at the government center in downtown Albany.

They say more serious incidents have taken place within the Albany Fire Department without such harsh punishment. Retired Albany Fire Department Captain William Byrd says Jolivette didn't deserve to be fired.

"Chief Jolivette was just being himself, helping someone in need. It doesn't matter that it was his family. He would help a total stranger," said Byrd.

"You would not believe what this fire department does in Albany and Dougherty County. It's the good ole boy system. It's got to stop and stop now," said Bishop John Burr with PCCI.

Jolivette filed an EEOC complaint after he was fired contending he was passed over for promotion last November because he's black. PCCI expects a big crowd to show up at the Albany City Commission meeting Tuesday to ask city leaders for answers.

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