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A Miami Fire Rescue firefighter has been relieved of duty following a controversial text message regarding the death of a Miami-Dade Police officer. 

The unidentified firefighter reportedly went on a rant inside of a group chat in response to a comment about the death of Miami-Dade Police Officer Cesar Echaverry.

Officer Echaverry was killed in the line of duty after responding to a robbery in a Liberty City neighborhood earlier this week. According to the report, Echaverry and the suspect exchanged fire and both were struck. The suspect died at the scene while Echaverry died a few days later at a hospital.  

“Who cares? Another dead cop, probably against gun control. They didn’t give an [expletive] when kids were dying in that school shooting they stood outside, the text read. “Cops exist for the government to exercise its monopoly on violence. They want the whole world to stop when one of theirs goes down. How many idiots I had to transport with honor guard their dead bodies from coronavirus because they all were too stupid to wear masks or get vaccinated? All cops are good for is protecting the rich property owners and the status quo. Everything else is a farce. [Expletive] the police,” it continued. 

Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban reported Thursday night that the employee has been terminated: 

“We are conducting an investigation into the statements that were made, and the individual has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.”