NYC firefighter, Marine vet dies months after being fired so that the city can pay for migrants

The heavy price Americans are paying for progressive policies and President Biden’s failure to secure our border with Mexico are embodied in the tragic death earlier this month of a Marine veteran and FDNY firefighter.

New York City fired Derek Floyd just weeks before Christmas, FDNY sources told The New York Post. “Floyd was one of about 10 Fire Department employees who had been on ‘long term duty’ — either injured on the job and given office work or out sick for an extended period,” The Post reports.

The veteran, a married father of two young children had served three tours in the Middle East and was working a desk job in the chaplain’s office of the Fire Department. While in the Fire Academy in 2019, Floyd suffered a heart attack. Still wanting to serve his community, he helped arrange the funerals of fallen FDNY members from the chaplain’s office. He “was trying to become medically cleared to re-enter the fire-fighting force before he was fired,” according to The Post.

But Floyd was fired from the FDNY — not for poor job performance or because he was unable to fulfill his modified duties.

Derek Floyd was fired, The Post reports, “as part of a larger effort to pare down staff and pay for housing and services for the tens of thousands of migrants flooding the Big Apple.”

Four months later, on April 15, Floyd went into cardiac arrest and passed away, leaving his devastated widow and children “struggling to keep a roof over their heads.”

“Floyd had been just shy of vesting additional medical benefits for his family and more than $600,000 worth of death benefits when he was booted, now leaving his family with nothing despite his years of service,” according to The Post.

Floyd’s 34-year-old widow Cristine spoke with the outlet about her family’s experience.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone,” she said.

Being fired, Cristine said, “took a toll” on her husband.

“I think it definitely took a toll once they let him go,” she said. “He always tried to, like, stay positive about it, and he wasn’t really angry. But you see a person, and the wheels are turning in their brain where they’re just constantly thinking, so I definitely think it did affect us.”

After New York City dropped him to provide for the swarms of illegal migrants who have descended upon the Big Apple, Floyd “found a job with a non-profit that helps veterans,” The Post reports, “but the pay was a fraction of what he made with the FDNY, the benefits were limited, and the hours prevented him from spending time with their kids, a 6-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl.”

“He used to be so present for, like, our kids and stuff,” Cristine told the outlet. “Being a firefighter was something he was really passionate about. He was really a big-time, like, family person, he was all about his kids.”

Now the grieving widow is scrambling to make ends meet.

“If Derek would have stayed on, he would have had a life insurance policy with the FDNY,” Cristine said. “That would have helped out financially because right now, it’s really bad. I’m honestly swimming in a lot of debt.”

“Floyd’s firing was part of City Hall’s plan to slash the FDNY budget by $74 million by the end of 2025 to make way for migrant spending,” according to The Post. “It is unclear how many ‘long-term duty’ staff will ultimately be let go as part of the effort, but there are typically between 800 to 1,000 designated individuals at any given time.”

The FDNY Foundation is taking donations to help the family out.

“In lieu of flowers, The FDNY Foundation has set up a scholarship fund for Probationary Firefighter Derek Floyd’s Children,” the organization stated. “100% of donations to the Fund will support his family.”

“What disturbs me the most is that the FDNY is understaffed by hundreds of firefighters,” Uniformed Firefighter Association President Andrew Ansbro told The Post. “Terminating [Floyd] was absolutely unnecessary,”

“He had an important job, and the FDNY actually needed him in that unit,” Ansbro added. “He was terminated so the department could prove that they were making cuts. He deserved better.”

Watching her husband struggle to pay the bills and be present for his family following the firing was the most difficult part for Cristine.

“I really, really loved him,” she said, “and so it was hard.”

Melissa Fine

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