Medal of Honor winner declines to apply for FDNY

September 27, 2011 1:08:39 PM PDT
A Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor is refusing to apply to join the New York City fire department after a federal judge denied his request to reopen the application period for all aspiring firefighters.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis says a one-day application extension for aspiring firefighters without additional outreach efforts would create the risk of an "adverse impact" on minorities who want to apply.

Garaufis has previously ruled that the city's firefighter entrance exam discriminated against minorities and has monitored the department as it reforms its hiring practices.

The judge agreed Monday to a 24-hour extension for Sgt. Dakota Meyer to submit an application - but only to accommodate him.

Meyer's lawyer says he doesn't want to be a "one-person exception" to the deadline and won't apply.