Fire captain in hot seat for helping put out blaze

Fire Rescue Captain Jay Schwartz fighting house fire while off duty

Uniformed Broward County deputy sheriffs may have taken cover behind their patrol cars instead of entering Stoneman Douglas High School during the Valentine’s Day shooting that took 17 lives, but that’s not how first-responder Jay Schwartz rolls.

The Polk County, Florida, fire-rescue captain was one of the first on-scene at an April 4 house fire in the city of Lakeland. He wasn’t on-duty, but that didn’t stop him from trying to save lives and property.

That’s why he’s in trouble now – trouble, as in, no good deed goes unpunished.

Schwartz, who was captured on video footage taken by a neighbor, grabbed the hose when fire personnel arrived and began pouring water on the blaze. The residential structure – a boarding home that housed 12 adults – was engulfed in flames. The video shows Scwartz dressed in jeans and



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