Long-time Utica Fire Chief Russ Brooks will be honored this evening at a public rally. Organizers say the purpose of this rally is to show support for the displaced Brooks and thank him for his 42 years of service to the department and his participating in the recovery efforts on 9/11.

The Rally is being held on Tuesday evening from 4-8 p.m. at Canal Park on Leland Avenue in North Utica. The event was prompted by a recent controversy where the Mayor of Utica, Rob Palmieri, placed Brooks on administrative leave.

According to a release from organizers,

All residents of the Utica area, friends, and colleagues of Chief Brooks are invited to attend and participate in the rally. The purpose is:

  • To show community support  and to honor Chief Brooks for his 42 years of dedicated service and leadership to the people of Utica.

  • To dramatize the respect Chief Brooks deserves, but did not receive from the Mayor of Utica.

  • To say thank you to all First Responders all across America.

Supporters are encouraged to bring their own American flags and signs. You can also bring blankets and chairs to sit in the grass. You are also encouraged to bring a donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.

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