It would be interesting to see the diversity of crimes committed by these felons.
The newly-minted class of FDNY probationary firefighters includes an unprecedented nine rookie Bravest with felony convictions, including one who did jail time for gun possession, insiders told The Post.
The nine ex-felons, all minorities, were among 295 probies who graduated from the Fire Academy on Nov. 2, as critics charge the FDNY has loosened hiring standards to diversify its ranks.
One of the nine, a black 32-year-old who joined the city as an EMT in 2012, served more than a year in the Nassau County Correctional Center after two 2005 convictions for carrying loaded guns.
At age 20, he was busted twice in Long Island — once after a cop found a .38-caliber revolver in a car he was riding in, and again with a 9mm pistol in his car’s seat-back pocket. He pled guilty to two counts of criminal weapon possession, one a felony.
Five years later, a 2009 probation report said cops described the ex-felon as “‘not a bad kid,’ but one who associated with known gang members.” He admitted he’d been friendly with gang members, but denied ever being a member himself.
At that time, he was living with his fiancee’ and their newborn baby while supporting another child. “He shows signs of maturity and responsibility,” the probation report said. He held jobs, volunteered for a local fire department and took EMT classes.
In 2007 and 2010, however, Nassau County judges refused to grant him a “certificate of relief from disabilities,” which lifts an automatic bar against employment of people with one felony. The reasons cited: He had failed to cooperate in an investigation and to keep probation appointments.
In 2015, however, he received a “certificate of good conduct” from the state Corrections Department. The certificate is granted to people convicted of two or more felonies who have stayed clean for three to five years, or those with any criminal records seeking “public office,” which includes firefighter jobs, experts said.