FDNY Rejects Navy SEAL, 37, Because He’s Too Old-Other fire departments across the nation have offered him jobsbs

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2019 4:08 PM CDT

FDNY firefighter Scott Hickey, left, and a fellow firefighter who did not give his name, sit in a fire truck parked in New York’s Times Square as a crowd gathers in reaction to the news of Osama Bin Laden’s…   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

(NEWSER) – He’s a Navy SEAL who’s served four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Shaun Donovan is also 37—which is why the New York Fire Department rejected him, as he was about six months older than its maximum age limit when he applied. His attorney says Donovan scored in the top 1% of applicants, passed the physical exam, and flew to New York twice for the recruitment process; he is currently still serving on active duty, but wanted to move to New York when he’s eligible to retire from the Navy next year, CNN reports. The good news: Since Donovan’s story started making headlines, more than a dozen fire departments across the nation have extended invitations to him to come work there instead, the New York Postreports.

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