Illinois firefighter with Down syndrome says he was bullied at department

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SANDOVAL, Ill. (CNN) — 35-year-old Jason Eagan is back on the volunteer force at the Sandoval Fire Protection District.

His family says he was bullied over a multi-month period, a slur was used behind Jason’s back, and a firefighter made sure Jason didn`t get a call if there was a fire.

“I would think it was somebody would have an upper hand over him that thought it was funny to do that too him,” said Mary Kay Eagen-Robbins, Jason’s aunt.

“I’m not sure if it was about the Down Syndrome he was bullied about or it was just he had Down Syndrome and he was on the receiving end of someone picking on him it went too far,” she added.

“It’s not right,” said Eagan when asked about his feelings on the bullying.

The story caught spread quickly around the world. People offered support to Jason.

His aunt met with fire officials. She said she was told one firefighter resigned and another may do so. Firefighters apologized to Jason and his family.

“We just want to move forward we don’t want the backlash on the fire department. They’ve been good to Jason,” said Mary Kay Eagen-Robbins.

It appears most of the firefighters love Jason. He says they`re like his family his brothers.

“It’s my dream to be a firefighter,” said Eagan.

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