Houston fire union president resigns over threats

Houston Skyline (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Houston Skyline (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) — The president of Houston’s fire department union has resigned in the middle of contract negotiations with the city after he says fellow firefighters threatened his family. Bryan Sky-Eagle resigned Monday. He says firefighters made threats on Facebook and in email against him and his wife, children, home and truck.

Sky-Eagle was elected as president of the union in 2013 and has been a Houston firefighter for 15 years. He was 11 months into his three-year term.

The union chapter says it supports Sky-Eagle’s decision and that its 3,800 members increasingly lacked confidence in him. About 93 percent of its voters rejected in June a proposed contract he negotiated with Mayor Annise Parker. He says local authorities are investigating the threats.

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