Flint Firefighter Who Returned to Work After Leaving Black Boys Behind in Blaze Quits

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A Flint firefighter who missed two Black boys in a house blaze, resulting in their deaths, has resigned from the department, a spokesperson for the city firefighters union confirmed to The Daily Beast on Wednesday night.

“He had been looking for new employment for quite some time. He found a job at a different fire department,” the Flint Firefighters Local 253 representative said of Michael Zlotek. “He does not work for Flint anymore.” It was not unclear when exactly Zlotek handed in his resignation.

Zlotek and his former colleague, Sergeant Daniel Sniegocki, both of whom are white, were tasked with searching for victims trapped in the burning house on Pulaski Street in late May. Zy-Aire Mitchell, 12, and LaMar Mitchell, 9, were missed in the search as they slept, with Zlotek and Sniegocki calling an all-clear for their rooms. Another crew discovered the boys seven minutes later, rushing them to a nearby hospital. They died days later.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Source: The Daily Beast

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