FOP wants rapping firefighter fired

With an apology for "pig" lyrics not immediately provided, a chorus of uniformed critics sings out.

Posted: April 17, 2007

The Fraternal Order of Police is burned up over a local firefighter's saying he wanted to "turn pigs into bacon bits" in the lyrics of a rap song he wrote.

So, in this post-Imus age, when the police union did not get the apology it was expecting yesterday, it called for the immediate firing of Rodney Jean-Jacques, 30, who moonlights as rapper Cal Akbar. Jean-Jacques remains on the payroll at Engine Company 9 in Mount Airy.

The matter is under investigation, according to Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and a spokesman for Mayor Street.

Philadelphia Fire Fighters Union Local 22 said it was urging Jean-Jacques to issue an apology.

"As a result of the recent events concerning Philadelphia Firefighter Rodney Jean Jacques and his failure to apologize to members of the Philadelphia Police Department and Fire Department, as well as to the citizens of Philadelphia, the Fraternal Order of Police stands firm on our initial recommendation that he be dismissed from city employment," said Robert V. Eddis, president of Lodge 5 of the FOP, in a written statement.

As gunfire is heard in the middle of the song, Jean-Jacques raps: "I got a surprise for them cops. I hope the news is taping this, 'cause I'm gonna turn those pigs into bacon bits."

Firefighters Local president Brian McBride issued a statement calling the matter a disgrace.

"It is irresponsible and unconscionable to advocate harm to the very men and women who are prepared to do, and do, sacrifice themselves every day to protect our city," McBride said.

Jean-Jacques was not available for comment.


Contact staff writer Jacqueline L. Urgo at 609-823-9629 or jurgo@phillynews.com.

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