Ohio firefighter suspended for nodding at Obama during parade - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Ohio firefighter suspended for nodding at Obama during parade

CLEVELAND, Ohio. - An Ohio firefighter has been given a six-month suspension from his role in a pipe and drum band because he nodded to President Barack Obama during last week's inaugural parade in Washington.

Video shows Drum Major John Coleman giving the nod along with a fleeting wave as the Cleveland Firefighter's Memorial Pipes & Drums marched past the president.

The band leader, Pipe Major Mike Engle, said the firefighter from Cleveland Heights violated the proper decorum required in a military parade. He said members were warned not to make such gestures during the parade.

Coleman says Obama smiled and waved and that he was just acknowledging the president.

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