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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/15/2010

Md. firefighter saves parents' home

By Washington Post editors

Anne Arundel County firefighter Justin Davidson was visiting his parents at their home in Wallingford, Pa., on Tuesday, when a fire broke out in the attic. So he did what he'd been trained to do: he got his mother and father and their two dogs to safety and told them to call for help. Then he grabbed a nearby extinguisher and water from the kitchen sink to battle the blaze, The Baltimore Sun's Nicole Fuller reports.

When local police showed up to answer the 911 call — minutes before the volunteer fire company responded — they wanted everyone out, including Davidson, 28, who lives in Baltimore. Unmoved by his claims of being a firefighter, they threatened to arrest him, according to fire officials.

But Davidson, refused to quit trying to save his parents' modest home.

"The police were threatening to drag me out," said Davidson, a nine-year veteran assigned to Truck Company 33 in Glen Burnie, who was not injured. "They said, ‘You're going to jail.' At that point, it just didn't matter; I had to save my parents' house. This is all they have."

Said Davidson's mother, Pamela Davidson: "We live in a small town, it's an all-volunteer fire department and God bless them for the volunteer work that they do. But if we had waited for them, our house would have been gone. So we're just thankful Justin was home. We're so proud of him."


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By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Tags:  Anne Arundel County Maryland, Glen Burnie Maryland  
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Unmoved by his claims of being a firefighter, they threatened to arrest him, according to fire officials.
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And what would they have charged him with, saving his parents house? Look if he wanted to stay in there and save his parents house, then let him. I wonder how many police would've went into the house and tried to arrest him?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 15, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to the police state. Papers plese!

Posted by: wpjunk | April 15, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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