Trilain Smith recently received a harsh lesson in social media etiquette. Smith is a probationary firefighter who graduated from the FDNY Academy but will not be allowed to take part in graduation ceremonies because he referred to his superiors with the N-word on Facebook and posted seminude selfies.
The 35-year-old from Brooklyn ranted online last month, “These n- - -as try to kill you start to finish!” after listing the tests he had to pass to graduate.
Those remarks were a violation of the FDNY’s social media policy.
Smith, a former rapper, also posted several selfies under his alias “King Alex”. One included him shirtless wearing his FDNY gear.
“S- -t is REALLLL!! Body OD sore!” he wrote of the drills. “no real lunch break and mfkaz screaming at you all day long.”
Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano — whose own son Joseph quit his EMT job in March after posting racist tweets — spared Smith the ax but fined him 90 days’ pay and extended his probationary period to five years from the normal 18 months. Six months was added because of a 2007 DWI conviction.
Cassano “determined that Smith’s actions were very serious violations that brought discredit to the department and warranted a severe penalty,” said FDNY spokesman Frank Gribbon.
Smith is part of a class that was hailed Thursday as the most racially diverse in FDNY history. Of the 242 firefighters, 24 percent is black, 36 percent is Hispanic.
Of the grads, he is one of 76 “priority hires,” minorities who took the FDNY entrance exam in 1999 and 2000 but were passed over. Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis had ordered the FDNY to give them a second chance.
Critics blasted Cassano’s decision to keep Smith.
“It’s an outrageous example of the preferential treatment we’ve been complaining about,” said Paul Mannix, president of Merit Matters, a firefighters group. “This guy has clearly shown no understanding or respect for rank and the importance of following orders.”
90 days pay? That’s probably the world’s most expensive selfie.