Dr. Amy Bohn, co-founder and President of Protection of the Educational Rights of Kids (PERK) and a staunch advocate for medical freedom, expressed deep dismay over Knox's termination. Knox is also a founding member of the advocacy group Firefighters4Freedom.
Knox, a firefighter paramedic with the Los Angeles Fire Department and a Board Member of the Firefighters4Freedom Foundation, is leading a legal fight against the City of Los Angeles over its vaccine mandates.
Firefighters4Freedom, established on September 6, 2021, has assembled a robust legal team, including John Howard, Scott Street, and environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The team has launched two significant lawsuits against the City of Los Angeles, seeking damages totaling $2.1 billion, as reported by the Let’s Go podcast.
CBS reports that over 100 Los Angeles city firefighters, including Knox, faced suspension without pay for defying the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in September 2021.
Knox voiced his concerns, stating, “Over the past 22 months, without that shot, we’ve been here helping the public. There has never been an issue until the city put this mandate out. Until the city turned us from heroes to criminals. We continued to come out and serve the public.”
Scott Street, the attorney representing the suspended firefighters, advocates for due process: “If it wants to terminate them, put them through the proper process.”
Dr. Amy Bohn, who attended a Board of Rights hearing for Knox last week, criticized the decision for its apparent disregard for the evidence and testimonies presented in Knox’s defense.
According to Dr. Bohn, Knox has been without pay for over 725 days due to his stance against the experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Bohn revealed in a video posted on X, “On Monday [November 27], he was removed as a firefighter from his job here in California. The reason why he was removed was because he did not take the COVID vaccine. He did not take the experimental shot, and he’s been without pay for over 725 days. They decided to make an example of him and removed him as a firefighter.”
Dr. Bohn criticized the hearing process, claiming that it dismissed substantial evidence and character witness testimonials.
Dr. Bohn emphasized the intense pressure on first responders, especially during the pandemic, suggesting that city and state officials should prioritize mental health support for this group instead of imposing “ridiculous mandates.”
According to Dr. Bohn, mandates are not only unconstitutional but also a violation of medical and bodily autonomy. The case of John Knox is seen as emblematic of a larger struggle against the overreach by the Democrats and Biden administration in the enforcement of public health measures.
Dr. Bohn concluded her remarks by recommitting to the cause of protecting medical freedom and advocating for rights that she and her followers believe are intrinsic to the fabric of a free society.