For one Hispanic ex-firefighter, the FDNY’s heroic reputation has gone up in flames.
Daniel Rivera says he was forced out of the Fire Department by his fellow Bravest — who allegedly used a childhood trauma to cruelly torment the smoke-eater over his tangential link to a years-old discrimination suit.
Now Rivera, formerly of Ladder 35 on the Upper West Side, is filing a discrimination lawsuit of his own.
The defendants include the FDNY and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, along with two lieutenants who allegedly failed to enforce department protocols and a firefighter who led the hate campaign against him, Rivera said.
“I lost something very personal and valuable to me — my career,” said Rivera.