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Navy SEAL rejected by FDNY is getting job offers from other fire departments

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The US Navy SEAL who was rejected by the FDNY for being “too old” has received several employment offers across the country from various fire departments.

Shaun Donovan -who was over the maximum veteran age of 35 set forth by the FDNY application policy- has been contacted by a dozen agencies nationwide, who were impressed by his service, as well as his physical and written exam scores.

“If the hiring process that Shaun is going through is not going to honor his service and recognize his capability, I want him to know that we will,” veteran and Denver Fire recruiter Greg Pixley told the New York Post. “That’s the kind of person we want.”



The Denver Fire Department has no upper age limit and routinely hires applicants in the upper age range, so long as they are mentally and physically up to the task of doing the job.

Donovan served four combat tours as a SEAL and will finish his service in 2020.

Other agencies have requested Donovan give them a look, including San Francisco. However, Donovan remains committed to trying to get into the FDNY and is currently appealing the process.

The NYC Civil Service Commission is expected to make a ruling on Donovan’s case later this year.

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