Suspended fire captain pleads not guilty to arson

Full story: Bennington Banner

Police say a local firefighter charged with arson told them he set fire to his wife's home to collect insurance money to pay for surgery that would allow her to become pregnant.

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Steven

Underhill, VT

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Mar 3, 2010
 
What a bunch of idiots.They have enough kids as it is.They also endangered all those firefighters lives, and the surrounding homes..Morons
jack

New Haven, CT

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#5
Mar 4, 2010
 
To know that this guy was in a fire Dept. in Pownal like 15yrs ago and his apartment burned there and was a total loss.I believe the cause was suppose to be kids playin with matches,this really has me wondering now...Officials should revisit that case and see if there is something they might have missed.
Southern VT firefighter

Rindge, NH

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Mar 4, 2010
 
What a jerk , Please god dont let these people reproduce any more idoits.I thought rape was Benningtion Fire s thing to do , oh wait , that was a different officer. These two halfwits should not be called firefighters in the press , they are criminals , Im a firefighter , the people I work with are firefighters and they or I would never consider doing the crap that is always happening at Benningtion Fire.
Junie B Jones

Bennington, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
Southern VT firefighter wrote:
What a jerk , Please god dont let these people reproduce any more idoits.I thought rape was Benningtion Fire s thing to do , oh wait , that was a different officer. These two halfwits should not be called firefighters in the press , they are criminals , Im a firefighter , the people I work with are firefighters and they or I would never consider doing the **** that is always happening at Benningtion Fire.
If your gonna do a crime, this is the place to do it. You get away with murder in this town/state!!!!!
Junie B Jones

Bennington, VT

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#8
Mar 4, 2010
 
We need to change the logo for vermont.. It's currrent logo: Vermont
"The Green Moutain State"
Lets come up with a new one..
Any Idea's?
southern vt

Bennington, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
Southern VT firefighter wrote:
What a jerk , Please god dont let these people reproduce any more idoits.I thought rape was Benningtion Fire s thing to do , oh wait , that was a different officer. These two halfwits should not be called firefighters in the press , they are criminals , Im a firefighter , the people I work with are firefighters and they or I would never consider doing the **** that is always happening at Benningtion Fire.
hopefully the state steps in with these kids. They probably will find some welfare fraud while they are at it
talking heads

Troy, NY

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Mar 4, 2010
 
burning down the house
grammar police

Bennington, VT

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#12
Mar 4, 2010
 
Wow. This article was so terribly written I had trouble following the story. I did pick up enough information to figure out that these people probably should NOT be reproducing.
The Bloodhound Gang

Enosburg Falls, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
talking heads wrote:
burning down the house
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!
Profire

Concord, NH

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Mar 4, 2010
 
Are you kidding me??!! Let me get this straight...... This dope has a criminal record, is on PROBATION for CRIMINAL DLS.... has NO license.... and is a CAPTAIN for the Bennington Fire Dept??!! Who the hell is in charge there that thought putting a CONVICTED criminal in a position of responsibility would be a good idea?! The Chief should be dismissed, the Town should take over this mess of a department, and CLEAN HOUSE. Again.... ANOTHER embarassing incident coming out of Bennington's Fire Services. At what point does the town say "Enough is Enough" and appoint someone to an accountable position of authority to review and revamp this mess that is the Bennington AND Bennington Rural Fire Departments. ONE person, directly accountable (not elected by the good ole boys) to be in charge of the PUBLICLY FUNDED services that are necessary to protect the citizens of Bennington, regardless of which "district" they reside in.

The fact that ANYONE with a criminal record is a member / employee / affiliated with or enabled to work in a position of public trust, let alone a position of authority, is an outrage. Again, they have proven the need for background checks, and accountability in these departments. How would you feel if you found out that after calling 911, the first responders who responded to your emergency were CONVICTED CRIMINALS?!

I am "stupified" by this story. Absolutely ridiculous. But, it will continue to happen again... anyone want to bet what the next embarrassing Bennington Fire Service related story will be centered around?!
patriot

Bennington, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
Aside from the fact this is tailor-made for "America's Dumbest Criminals," and the paper is disgracefully presented because its editors don't even edit basic grammar and content, consider this: I used to live in an area that had a string of arsons by a small group of firefighters, about a dozen buildings burned. One, believe it or not, was their own fire station. A couple of police officers on patrol spotted the flames and managed to get the trucks out before the station was destroyed.

The problems there were limited to the arsons and a lack of available personnel to respond during the day. Not alleged drug use, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, or in the case of one local firefighter around here, the threat of jail for ignored a court child-support order. Not long after, the state agency that reviews fire department budgets, with the governor's support, strongly moved for the departments to retain paid personnel, under municipal contracts that explicitly listed hiring and performance standards, including both pre-employment and in-service background checks and drug testing. Most towns there have gone to this sort of system. The same bad-apple, don't-knock-firefighters arguments were made there, too. Are background checks and paying firefighters a waste of taxpayer money? No, funding very expensive equipment and training for individuals unworthy of public trust is. Like anyone proud of their craft, good firefighters won't object to professional standards. Only the ones likely to be snared by them will have a problem.
wow

South Burlington, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
Profire wrote:
Are you kidding me??!! Let me get this straight...... This dope has a criminal record, is on PROBATION for CRIMINAL DLS.... has NO license.... and is a CAPTAIN for the Bennington Fire Dept??!! Who the hell is in charge there that thought putting a CONVICTED criminal in a position of responsibility would be a good idea?! The Chief should be dismissed, the Town should take over this mess of a department, and CLEAN HOUSE. Again.... ANOTHER embarassing incident coming out of Bennington's Fire Services. At what point does the town say "Enough is Enough" and appoint someone to an accountable position of authority to review and revamp this mess that is the Bennington AND Bennington Rural Fire Departments. ONE person, directly accountable (not elected by the good ole boys) to be in charge of the PUBLICLY FUNDED services that are necessary to protect the citizens of Bennington, regardless of which "district" they reside in.
The fact that ANYONE with a criminal record is a member / employee / affiliated with or enabled to work in a position of public trust, let alone a position of authority, is an outrage. Again, they have proven the need for background checks, and accountability in these departments. How would you feel if you found out that after calling 911, the first responders who responded to your emergency were CONVICTED CRIMINALS?!
I am "stupified" by this story. Absolutely ridiculous. But, it will continue to happen again... anyone want to bet what the next embarrassing Bennington Fire Service related story will be centered around?!
i do agree with you on most of this, i dont think convicted criminals should be in the fire department, but really if your house was on fire, would you really be telling the convicted criminals, "i dont want you here? you need to leave" probably not, you would be greatful that someone showed up to help you. i do believe there needs to be backround checks, but the only thing is people that do bad things have to start sometime. so they may not have a backround when they enter into the department.
kevin hoyt

Albany, NY

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Mar 4, 2010
 
I have no respect for the bfd.now. How does a capt work with a criminally suspended license?Was he at the probation dept. to show how important he is when the tone for a fire went off? Sounds like it to me.Look at how important i am!!! What a joke. The whole lot should be let go and start over new in the BFD.Someone let him be capt. knowing he doesn't have a license.Not to mention ALL the other crap going on over the years.
Reproduction

Cohoes, NY

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Mar 4, 2010
 
To think that these guys did this to produce another child for us tax payers to take care of when we support the ones they have already. Let alone the fact that the care they give the kids is not that great, they have been known to leave the child in a wheelchair home alone so they can go to the store or what not, which in itself is not a good idea for the fact alone that he is in a wheelchair and unable to protect himself if something was to happen such as a fire. The language and actions that are carried on in front of these kids is horrific and they actually think they are fit to reproduce again...ugh.
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Bennington, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
kevin hoyt wrote:
I have no respect for the bfd.now. How does a capt work with a criminally suspended license?Was he at the probation dept. to show how important he is when the tone for a fire went off? Sounds like it to me.Look at how important i am!!! What a joke. The whole lot should be let go and start over new in the BFD.Someone let him be capt. knowing he doesn't have a license.Not to mention ALL the other **** going on over the years.
Sounds like a well thought out plan. Where do you propose we find the new ones? Are you in?
wow

South Burlington, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
who was gonna be the daddy?? the husband or the live in boyfriend
Steven

Underhill, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
Southern VT firefighter wrote:
What a jerk , Please god dont let these people reproduce any more idoits.I thought rape was Benningtion Fire s thing to do , oh wait , that was a different officer. These two halfwits should not be called firefighters in the press , they are criminals , Im a firefighter , the people I work with are firefighters and they or I would never consider doing the **** that is always happening at Benningtion Fire.
The so called rape your talking about was Bennington rural..not bennington..Get it right
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Mar 4, 2010
 
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Sounds like a well thought out plan. Where do you propose we find the new ones? Are you in?
Sorry, he has a criminal record too. He is in no position to be throwing stones at anyone.
Concerned

Williston, VT

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Mar 4, 2010
 
Reproduction wrote:
To think that these guys did this to produce another child for us tax payers to take care of when we support the ones they have already. Let alone the fact that the care they give the kids is not that great, they have been known to leave the child in a wheelchair home alone so they can go to the store or what not, which in itself is not a good idea for the fact alone that he is in a wheelchair and unable to protect himself if something was to happen such as a fire. The language and actions that are carried on in front of these kids is horrific and they actually think they are fit to reproduce again...ugh.
After rereading this several times the reason for Brown to start the fires just doesn't pass the stink test.

"Brown later said he started both fires because he wanted his wife to collect the insurance money so she could have a medical procedure that would allow her to become pregnant again.

I believe the motive was money and an excuse to lesson the Wife's involvement in the crime.

I do believe that if you have a Felony and or Committed a Felony and a member of any organization charged with the Public Trust you should not be a member ever and after conviction dismissal.

Even if the accused admits it before trial, The person as in Brown's case, suspension until a verdict is reached is the correct procedure to follow.

I am concerned about the children and what will happen to them in the future, I hope they receive help and guidance, and if I was them I would change my name and move away far away to have any semblance of a normal life. Four of those children are under 10yrs old and should not be punished for their parents stupidity and of course the disabled child is so tragic, the poor thing could never live a normal life ever.

I don't Blame the Fire Department's at all, Brown and his cohort's would have done this in or out of the Department. I do trust The chief and his assistants.
realnwrigters

Whitesboro, NY

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#24
Mar 4, 2010
 
wow thats just sad america these days we are soo poror we set houses on fire 2 tie o get preggers.

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