How a firefighter’s extremist ties divided Haverford

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The Haverford Board of Commissioners met for the first time since Bon Air volunteer firefighter company was shut down on Wednesday September 4th because a member had sought membership with the Proud Boys. The actions by the township have residents split. The township announced that the fire house will be reopened. (Emily Cohen for WHYY)

The Haverford Board of Commissioners met for the first time since Bon Air volunteer firefighter company was shut down on Wednesday September 4th because a member had sought membership with the Proud Boys. The actions by the township have residents split. The township announced that the fire house will be reopened. (Emily Cohen for WHYY)

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A volunteer firefighter’s interest in a far-right extremist group has Haverford Township residents fighting over how far local governments should go in vetting the activities and views of public servants. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Maria Panaritis explains why the incident has exposed deep divisions in the Delaware County town.

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