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Trial date set for ‘on scene’ brawling firefighters


Two volunteer firefighters will go on trial Monday for the ‘15 assault of a career firefighter outside a burning home near Hyattsville, Maryland.

According to WTOP News, Jeffrey Miller and Christopher Kelly — both members of West Lanham Hills Volunteer Company 28 — stand indicted on a charge of fighting with a career firefighter unit … disputing who should go inside a burning house Dec. 8, 2015.

According to prosecutors, Career Company 30 arrived first on scene of the fire, but Kelly — who was not fully geared up — blocked the door so members of the career company couldn’t enter before members of the volunteer company, WTOP reports.

Prince George’s County State Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who announced the indictment in December 2016, said Kelly and a career fighter struggled on the front porch before Kelly hit her — knocking the firefighter off the porch.

WTOP reports prosecutors argue Miller grabbed the career firefighter and pulled her off the porch.

Once police arrived on scene, they were able to defuse the situation and separate the brawling firefighters.

Alsobrooks called Miller and Kelly’s actions “reckless, irresponsible and uncalled for.”

According to WTOP, Miller and Kelly stand indicted on multiple counts of second-degree assault, interfering with a firefighter and misconduct in office.

The trial in Prince George’s County Circuit Court is expected to take four days, WTOP reports.


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