Shaun Donovan, decorated Navy SEAL, has reportedly attempted to enter the FDNY following a successful military career.
However, despite being an obvious fit for the position with his extensive physical training and determined attitude, the organization has reportedly denied his application, citing his age as the main reason for the rejection.
However, the man is just half a year older than the officially stated requirements.
It is not clear why the FDNY has not considered an exception to their rules given the other qualifications of Donovan, but there has been no official response from the organization clarifying their stance.
According to reports, there are in fact rules in the book providing special conditions for people with military service on their record, but Donovan exceeded the requirements even in that case.
Donovan has expressed his disappointment over the situation, explaining that he firmly believed he would have made a good fit for the team.
Some have pointed out that the FDNY has been quite liberal in violating their hiring policies in the past, hiring many people well into their 30s and even 40s.
There has been speculation that these exceptions might have been made to satisfy other criteria, such as a racial quota -- but there has been no official confirmation (or denial) of that by the FDNY.
Meanwhile, many have continued to express their support for Donovan in his current situation, and have been calling for the FDNY to reevaluate his situation and maybe give him another shot, although so far this has been unsuccessful.
The man told the New York Post: "I always had this draw to the city, this connection, even though I never lived there. When 9/11 happened, I knew I had to do something about it."
He added: "It was a letdown. I was allowed to apply and take the test. At no point was I made aware I was outside any age limit. It just seemed everything was lined up and ready to go."
The Department of Administrative Services, via its spokesperson, Jacqueline Gold, had this to say about the case: "It is always painful for the city to have to reject a job candidate, especially one who is serving to protect our country. However, the rules cannot be changed for one person."
Is the 35-year age limit fair, yes or no?