Chief says the sign is not going anywhere...
A Utica, New York fire chief says a sign reading "Happy Birthday Jesus - We Love You" will remain in place outside of a fire house, despite threatened lawsuits.
Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks has received numerous letters this year from a national organization called The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization founded in Wisconsin in 1978 to keep religion and government separate.
Each of the letters asks Chief Brooks to take down a sign that sits outside Firehouse No. 4 in South Utica, which has been put up there by Station 4 firefighters each Christmas season for about the past decade.
Brooks say the Station 4 firefighters started putting the sign up after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"911 brought a lot of the guys closer to God, and they just wanted to show their faith in Jesus," Brooks said. "They had no idea a controversy would arise."
Fire Chief Russell Brooks says despite the threatening letters he's received, his attorneys tell him he's well within his right to display the sign