Illinois volunteer firefighter with down syndrome, who quit due to bullying, offered job back

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SANDOVAL, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Feb. 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Jason Eagan, a volunteer firefighter with down syndrome in southern Illinois, was offered his job back and plans to rejoin after quitting due to bullying.

According to Facebook posts from the family, the Sandoval Fire Department is meeting with its staff Tuesday to discuss ideas for preventing similar situations from happening again.

According to a report​ from KTVI in St. Louis, one of the department's firefighters has stepped down and another may follow in the near future. Firefighters have also apologized to Eagan and his family.


Published: Feb. 11, 2019, 11 a.m.

A volunteer firefighter with down syndrome in southern Illinois quit after he was allegedly bullied within his own department.

Jason Eagan, 33, had been working with the Sandoval Fire Protection District since 2016, according to reports.

In Facebook posts, family members say Egan was "harassed from a fellow fireman" and referred by inappropriate names.

Eagan's family is reportedly contacting attorneys and disability advocates. They hope to hold anyone who harassed Eagan responsible.