The moonlighting Philadelphia firefighter whose rap lyrics about turning "pigs into bacon bits" enraged both the Police and Fire Departments has been suspended from his job and will likely be dismissed.
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said in a terse statement that the suspension of Rodney Jean-Jacques with intent to dismiss went into effect yesterday at 2:15 p.m.
"Commissioner Ayers deeply regrets that anyone was offended by the lyrics, especially our important 1st responder partners, members of the Philadelphia Police Department," the statement said. The department declined any further comment.
Jean-Jacques, a member of Engine Company 9 in Mount Airy and a four-year veteran, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
The suspension followed a departmental investigation after the incendiary lyrics penned by Jean-Jacques, who raps under the name Cal Akbar, came to light last month.
In one of the pieces, Jean-Jacques, sings: "I got a surprise for them cops. I hope the news is taping this, 'cause I'm gonna turn those pigs into bacon bits." Gunfire can be heard in the background.
The Fraternal Order of Police called for an immediate apology and for Jean-Jacques to be fired.
His own union, Philadelphia Fire Fighters Union Local 22, called the matter a "disgrace."
Robert V. Eddis, president of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, said, "First of all, I commend the fire commissioner for taking the action that he did.'...'
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