Holyoke Firefighter apologizes for making comments

Video of the incident was recorded in 2012

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Holyoke firefighter has apologized for using racial slurs in a private conversation that went public last year.

Holyoke Firefighter Timothy Leary was recorded two years using a racial slur in reference to Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto. That video was later released in 2013.

In a September 26th letter to Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and NAACP president Talbert Swan, Leary wrote: “The words I chose in my private conversation were hurtful and not in line with my years of unbiased service. I sincerely apologize to all who were offended by those words.”

Leary met with Mayor Morse and NAACP President, Rev. Talbert Swan this summer. Swan called the apology a “…good first step toward a productive dialogue and some well needed community healing.”

Earlier this year, residents were upset after Leary was promoted to Provisional Lieutenant and filed a petition to the Hoyoke City Council, demanding a full review of the hiring process.

Click here for the letter of apology from Timothy Leary.

Comments are closed.