An Ohio volunteer firefighter has been suspended, after saying he would rather save a dog than "a million n****s".
Tyler Roysdon, 20, posted the inflammatory comment on Facebook, where a screenshot was obtained by local TV station WHIO.
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"One dog is more important than a million n****s," he wrote on his account. The post has since been deleted.
Ohio fire chief Steve Bishop says Mr Roysdon has been suspended without pay.
Mr Roysdon's wife says her husband has apologised, but told Fox 19 everyone is "entitled to their own opinion".
Roysdon is accused of conduct unbecoming of a township employee and a disciplinary hearing will be held on September 27.