By Debbie Rolen Staff Writer
September 4, 2013
In Count Eight (Arson) of the indictment of four Logan County men, James Gregory Glick, Guy R. Miller, Shawn C. Simon, and William Jamey Thompson, the fire was the cause of personal injury to a public safety officer performing duties as a direct and proximate result of the fire.
The officer who was injured is City of Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett. Beckett said he injured his knee as he was setting up a 24 foot ladder for firemen to gain access to the roof of the building at 111 Stratton Street so they could stop the fire from spreading to the Dollar General Store.
“I knew I had injured my knee, but when you are fighting a fire, adrenaline sets in and you just do what has to be done,” said Beckett, “I received treatment by Scott Orthopedics at Huntington and was given the option to have surgery to correct the problem. I chose not to have the surgery and I still suffer problems with that knee and probably will from now on.”
Beckett said he was happy to see the arrests made in this case and said it sends a clear message that there will be consequences if anyone intentionally sets fire to a home or other structure. The arsonist is not only destroying property, he is placing the lives of the firefighters in jeopardy.
“It’s inexcusable. Several firefighters could have lost their lives fighting that fire. When you spread gasoline and have an explosive device involved, the risk for loss of life is so much greater. If our guys were’nt so safety conscious, we could have had fatalities that night.”
Beckett went on to say the City of Logan is making progress and the City of Logan Police Department had already made an arrest for an arson that took place at High Street on Monday.
“It’s gratifying to see all this progress being made to get those people who commit arson off the street. It was disappointing to learn who all was involved in the 111 Stratton Street fire. You would never think people you know would do anything like what they are accused of.”
Beckett credits the good safety record the City of Logan firefighters has to their hard work, attention to safety when they are on the scene of a fire and their efforts to stay in shape. He says they would have more injuries, and possibly fatalities, if they didn’t work hard and look out for each other.
“We all want to get home to our families every night, so we work hard, watch out for each other and keep our minds on safety. “