HFD union president resigns over threats

HOUSTON -- Bryan Sky-Eagle says he's been looking over his shoulder ever since he saw a posting on Facebook warning he should watch his back. And he says that's not the only threat posted on social media.

"This is very serious stuff," said Sky-Eagle. "The nature has been physical violence towards me, a premeditated altercation, removing the wheels off of vehicles."

He says the people threatening him are none other than Houston firefighters who are members of the union he was elected one year ago to lead. But now, he's had enough.

"And after speaking about it with my family, I'm just not able to continue the duties that being president requires under hostile conditions like that,"

Sky-Eagle's tenure has been fraught with tension. He's faced mounting opposition among his membership and a movement to force him out of office. The self-proclaimed reformer says he expected a rough road but nothing like this.

"I felt compelled to inform the fire chief and the mayor. I've notified the proper authorities."

A spokesman with the Houston Professional Firefighters Association released a statement describing the past year as a tumultuous one and said the union's board of directors had filed more than 20 formal administrative complaints against Sky-Eagle. The statement went on to say, "While we question Mr. Sky-Eagle's explanation for his resignation, we support his decision to resign."

But it's a decision Sky-Eagle says he had no choice but to make.

"I was elected to bring transparency. I was elected to evolve the membership. But it comes at a personal cost. But I can't be a part of an organization where your brothers and sisters advocate threats of violence against you, your wife and your children with other firefighters."

A spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney would neither confirm nor deny if the office was looking into Sky-Eagle's complaints.


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