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Race Battle: First Responders Drama Pits Firefighters Towards Cops


The final episode earlier than the winter break of ABC’s Station 19 left viewers shocked over a struggle between the firefighters and cops who arrived on the scene of a burning home. Inside the home have been two kidnapped black women who set the hearth in order that they’d be rescued. Exterior the home, racist white cops arrested two black firefighters and let the others go. This created a traumatic occasion for the firehouse.

The backstory is that firefighters from Station 19 have been off-duty and out of uniform at a celebration close by. They heard a black girl screaming and demanding to be let inside a home, satisfied that two women have been inside. The white home-owner known as the police to arrest her for trespassing and the police would not assist her after they arrived. However firefighters Dean Miller (Okieriete Onaodowan) and Robert Sullivan (Boris Kodjoe) jumped in, particularly as soon as a hearth was detected, and rescued the ladies. The police believed the white man’s accusations that the ladies broke into the home and dedicated arson and arrested the black mom when she bought indignant, resulting in a confrontation with the firefighters who knew the ladies have been kidnap victims.

Within the episode titled “Prepare in Useless” which aired on March 11, the firefighters are left to take care of their emotions of anger and frustration. It begins with the discharge of Dean and Robert from jail and the reunion of the hearth squad.


All through the episode, the firefighters speak to one another about what occurred. The black firefighters are indignant and the white firefighters are at a loss to assist their buddies. Ben Warren (Jason George) provides some recommendation to Jack Gibson (Gray Damon) on learn how to assist his buddy Dean.



Ben: Maya have to be crawling out of her pores and skin. 

Jack: Yeah, this can be a lot. 

Ben: Yeah. 

Jack: And I do not know learn how to assist Dean. He is my finest buddy, and I have been avoiding him as a result of I do know I am not who he desires to speak to as we speak, and I-I wish to assist, you recognize? I wish to say I am sorry. I wish to throw again some beers with him and get him to snort it off.

Ben:  Nope. No.

Jack: I do know. I am simply saying –

Ben:  No, no, you do not know. Alright? Y-you do not know this specific ache. You do not — You do not know this ache. You do not get it.

Jack:  We work with cops on each name.

Ben:  Mm-hmm. 

Jack: There’s plenty of good cops on the market. 

Ben: Yeah, undoubtedly don’t say that to him, as a result of yesterday, you noticed how some of these “Good cops” deal with Black males after they haven’t got firefighter uniforms on. You needed to see that. Y-you needed to see the distinction.

Jack:  So, how do I assist him? 

Ben: Give him room. Do not ask him to speak about his emotions, a-and do not make him hearken to yours. A-and do not — do not attempt to make him snort. Y-you survived this lengthy by discovering humor within the hardships, however you may know when he will get there. A-and do not you attempt to get him there. If you happen to attempt to get him there, that is simply dismissing his actuality and d-disrespecting his expertise. It is a huge deal. Let him have his emotions, cease avoiding him, and simply have his again like a buddy. Simply D— do not make it about you.

Ben paints an image that there are not any “good cops,” particularly no good white cops, solely dangerous ones who succumb to treating black individuals badly. This sort of dialogue solely validates a prejudice towards legislation enforcement officers who put their lives on the road on daily basis.

On the finish of the episode, Dean decides to take his anger and switch it into motion. He’s from a rich household and plans to fix his relationship with them. His hope is that they may assist him launch authorized motion towards the arresting officers.


Travis: The world has modified. Being a physician is harmful now. Being a grocery retailer clerk — tremendous harmful. A-a-and firefighters? We present up. We present up and attempt to make the world secure for everybody and one another.

Dean:  I am prepared to speak about it. I am… Gonna go after them. 

Travis: What? 

Dean: I am gonna go after them by the rattling courts. It is dangerous, I do know, however there isn’t any different choice. Three Black women have been already lacking from Joyce’s neighborhood. The cops did nothing. They arrested her in entrance of her daughter on false prices and solely dropped these prices as a result of anyone filmed it, and that’s not sufficient. That is not sufficient! That lady is completely traumatized. That mom is completely traumatized. And if we — if we solely chalk it up to a systemic drawback with out motion, if we do not title the people who help this method, if — if we do not struggle them, then nothing modifications. Nothing modifications. We struggle fires. We run into burning buildings, we defy the chances, and we save lives, and that is no totally different. It is… It is only a totally different sort of hearth I’m a proud Black firefighter. I’m a person that may struggle for his little lady’s future, and my household’s bought cash.

Travis:  You made up with your loved ones?

Dean: No. However… However now I’ll. 

Travis: Nicely, I am in. I am going to testify. No matter you want, Miller. 

Dean: Thanks, Montgomery. 

Vic: Painfully earnest is an efficient look on you.

One of many worst elements of this story is the pitting of the cops towards the firefighters. Historically, the 2 work collectively and have one another’s backs. To place a wedge in that relationship to advertise a story that every one white legislation enforcement officers are racists is simply incorrect.

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