WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Shaun Donovan was planning to retire from the Navy SEALs in 2020 and begin his post-military career at the New York City Fire Department.
- But the FDNY rejected his application for being six months and 25 days older than their age limit of 35.
- His efforts soon caught the attention of several other fire departments with a higher age limit.
Two years ago, the New York City Fire Department rejected this Navy SEAL for being slightly too old – but now, he’s pretty much on demand.
The FDNY had informed Shaun Donovan that he exceeded the age limit of 35 – he was only 35 years, six months, and 25 days old.
Donovan told the New York Post’s Susan Edelman that the rejection “was a letdown,” especially since he was still “allowed to apply and take the test.”
Donovan had passed the FDNY’s physical fitness test and entry exam with flying colors – he scored in the top 1%.
He argued, “At no point was I made aware I was outside my age limit. It just seemed everything was lined up and ready to go.”
Donovan became a Navy SEAL back in 2005. He served four tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and received medals of valor for his service. He was planning to retire in 2020 and begin his post-military career as an FDNY firefighter.
Donovan, now 37, still hasn’t given up on becoming a professional firefighter. Fortunately, his efforts caught the attention of other fire departments with a higher age limit.
Greg Pixley, the head recruiter of the Denver Fire Department and also a veteran, declared in a separate Post article: “If the hiring process that Shaun is going through is not going to honor his service and recognize his capability, I want him to know that we will. That’s the kind of person we want.”
The minimum age requirement at the Denver Fire Department is 21 and there is no maximum age limit. As reported by the Post, it had even hired a 60-year-old firefighter.
The San Francisco Fire Department, which also has no maximum age limit, also showed interest in hiring Donovan. SFFD spokesman Jonathan Baxter told the Post, “Tell him to apply to our fire department. We’ve had individuals in their 50s go through our fire academy.”
Meanwhile, Donovan still wishes to be part of the FDNY. Despite his age, he was allowed to take a make-up exam last October by the New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
Donovan also appealed to the city’s Civic Service Commission regarding the FDNY’s age limit and is still awaiting its decision.
Source: Business Insider