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Pressure mounts as fire union demands Sykes resign

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Local 92, the Toledo Firefighter’s union, stood with its public safety brothers, Tuesday, and fired off a letter to councilman Larry Sykes (D) demanding he resign.

Fire and police are closing ranks believing Sykes tried to inflame racial tensions when he demanded an internal police investigation into an incident where he was stopped by police, April 24.

Local 92 is not involved in the incident other than to show support for the men in blue.

“We serve the public and we need to stick together.”

In a letter the fire union mailed to Sykes, Tuesday, members Sykes misrepresented the facts of that traffic stop and impugned the motives of two officers.

Jeff Romstadt, the president of Local 92, told 13abc’s Bill Hormann, “They seem to be very professional from all the footage and documentation that I’ve seen.”

Romstadt’s letter, which was also signed by the union’s vice president, Dan Desmond, charged Sykes displayed a *profound lack of judgment.*

The fire union believes elected officials have a higher moral and ethical standard to meet in upholding the public trust..

The Sykes allegation, they insist, puts a seed of doubt in people’s minds about the integrity of public safety forces.

Romstadt said, “It puts the perception out there that they’re racially profiling and that’s not the case.”

The fire union unanimously voted to back the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association.

They are calling for him to resign immediately from council.  If he does not, the unions want council to censure Sykes.  If that does not happen, the unions say they are ready to start a recall on the councilman.

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