Cleveland firefighters told they cannot wear commemorative 9/11 shirts

CLEVELAND - An email shared on twitter Friday is causing a war of words between the Cleveland Firefighters Union and the Fire Chief.

"It was pretty straight forward. One of the assistant chiefs was asking for a notice to go out for us to wear our commemorative 9/11 shirts which we've done for the past 14 years, this year being the 15. It was flatly denied by the Chief," said local 93 president Tim Corcoran.

Corcoran says firefighters were denied the right to wear commemorative 9/11 polo shirts by fire chief Angelo Calvillo.

"The guys felt it was unconscionable. We lost 343 brothers that day," said Corcoran.

"First and foremost, they have not worn polos for 15 years. We do not have any documentation that there was an order approved for them to wear polos," said Lt. Larry Gray with the Division of Fire.

Lt. Gray says the request was denied because there is a strict uniform and clothing ordinance in place.

"There are two types of uniforms. Class A: dress uniform, Class B: fatigue uniform," said Lt. Gray.

Lt. Gray says the polos break protocol.

Corcoran isn't buying it.

"It's a tradition we've done the month of September for the past 14 years," said Corcoran.

"If you were going to a funeral, you would not want to go to the funeral of a fallen brother in a polo shirt. You want to go in your best attire, your uniform, a Class A uniform," said Gray.

The chief is asking that all firefighters wear their Class A Uniform at any 9/11 commemoration events this weekend.

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: (FILE PHOTO) A fiery blasts rocks the south tower of the World Trade Center as the hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the building September 11, 2001 in New York City. Almost two years after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, the New York Port Authority is releasing transcripts on August 28, 2003 of emergency calls made from inside the twin towers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sarasota, UNITED STATES: TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'Americans mark 9/11 anniversary with new questions on vulnerability' - (FILES) US President George W. Bush has his early morning school reading event interupted by his Chief of Staff Andrew Card (L) shortly after news of the New York City airplane crashes was available in Sarasota, Florida 11 September 2001. AFP Photo Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Americans mark 9/11 anniversary with new questions on vulnerability' - This 11 September 2001 file photo shows Marcy Borders covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed in New York. Borders was caught outside on the street as the cloud of smoke and dust enveloped the area. The woman was caught outside on the street as the cloud of smoke and dust enveloped the area. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
New York, UNITED STATES: TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'Americans mark 9/11 anniversary with new questions on vulnerability' - (FILES) The rubble of the World Trade Center smoulders following a terrorist attack 11 September 2001 in New York. Americans mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks Sunday nagged by new burning questions about their readiness to confront a major disaster after the debacle of Hurricane Katrina. AFP PHOTO/Alex Fuchs (Photo credit should read ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images)
394471 13: Firefighter Tony James cries while attending the funeral service for New York Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Mychal Judge, in front of the St. Francis of Assisi Church September 15, 2001 in New York City. Judge died while giving the last rites to a fireman in the collapse of the World Trade Center. The World Trade Center was destroyed after both the landmark towers were struck by two hijacked planes in an alleged terrorist attack on September 11. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 8: The 'Tribute in Light' memorial as seen from Bayonne, New Jersey, consists of two shafts of light to represent the World Trade Center Twin Towers, is tested before the fifth anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks September 8, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Sylwia Kapuscinski/Getty Images)

NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 3: A wax replica of Thomas Franklin's photograph from September 11, is seen at Madame Tussaud's wax museum September 3, 2002 in New York City. The replica is to be part of an exhibit at the museum called 'Hope: Humanity and Heroism.' (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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