A Minnesota volunteer firefighter has been suspended after flying a Confederate battle flag from the back of a fire truck during a parade last week.
Brian Nielsen, a southern Minnesota volunteer firefighter, told the local CBS affiliate he would resign from the Hartland Fire Department if asked to do so.
“I will out of respect for them, yes I will,” Nielsen said, apologizing for the negative attention the town is getting. “I’m sorry I hurt my city and hurt the fire department.”
Nielsen chose to wave the Confederate flag from the back of a Hartland Fire Department truck during the local Albert Lea’s Third of July Parade. He told reporters he is not racist, but that he’s standing against political correctness.