A Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter was sentenced yesterday to 1 ½ to 3 years in prison for setting a fire last August. Brandon Cooper, 19, was with the Arnold Volunteer Fire Department when he set a fire in a garage that led to the destruction of two garages, seven houses and a parked car.
He pled guilty to the charges, and will have to serve probation and pay restitution upon his release.
Asked to comment on the sentence, Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Edward A. Mann gave the quote of the week:
“A firefighter accused and convicted of arson should have the entire bookcase thrown at them. Not just the book.”