The disrespect shown to our police and first responders seems to be on the uptick. The trend is led by a left-wing radicalism that hates anything associated with law and order. The latest example comes from a self-described “anarchist” who criticized a fallen New York firefighter. Worse yet, he has no remorse for his disgusting words.
Jeremy Henggeler is a self-described “anarchist” who owns a pet-sitting service in Levittown, New York. He was upset that he was stuck in traffic behind the funeral procession for William Tolley last Thursday. Tolley was the New York City firefighter who died battling a blaze on April 20.
Referring to Tolley as an “agent of the state,” Henggeler went on a profanity-laced tirade on Facebook. In the post, he called Tolley and other firefighters “parasites.” His post spread on social media after a New York firefighter’s group shared it and condemned his statements. Henggeler later said he was not sorry for his remarks and stood by them.
When he was confronted by a reporter about his comments, Henggeler got violent.
Jeremy Henggeler, 40, allegedly posted on Facebook that FDNY Firefighter William Tolley, killed in the line of duty, was a “parasite” because of the money he was losing from traffic caused by the funeral procession.
“Stuck in traffic for over an hour, with no escape options, all because some agent of the state died,” the post read. He went on to describe firefighters as “parasites” and used profanity in the post.
According to Nassau County Police Department, when a reporter asked 40-year-old Henggeler, owner of Jay’s Sit and Stay, about the post, he displayed a knife and said that was his comment.
Police responded, and Henggeler was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
Henggeler’s story went viral after The New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation shared it and called for a boycott.
Here’s a screenshot by New York Newsday of the post being shared on Facebook.
“I’m a single father running my own business. Any little amount of time is not just a couple of bucks, it’s how I feed my family,” said Henggeler, father of 5-year-old twin girls.
He said he was “irate” because the traffic caused him to lose business and, as a self-described “anarchist,” he was upset that a government-funded event kept him from his job.
The New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation also posted a screenshot of Henggeler’s post along with a link to Jay’s Sit and Stay and a call for customers to stop using the business. That post was shared more than 1,800 times.
In the days that followed Henggeler said he’s lost at least one of his customers because of the controversial post and expects he may lose more. He also says he’s received a barrage of negative Facebook messages and phone calls, and is now “worried for my family’s safety.”
A dog food company, Life’s Abundance, also cut ties with Henggeler’s dog-sitting business.
Henggeler said he regrets “the timing” of his comments and that he’s “sorry that people were hurt by my words.” But he said he has no plans to remove his post, which he sees more as a criticism of government and not a personal attack on Tolley, even if it continues to harm his business.
“I’m not sorry for feeling the way that I do and expressing myself in the way that I did,” he said.
It unclear what sort of punishment Henggeler could face for threatening the reporter with a knife.
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