Firefighter facing arson charges for burning co-worker

January 4th, 2011 by Staff

By Amanda Evans, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, January 03, 2011 11:32 PM
An Apopka firefighter is recovering after he was badly burned by a fellow firefighter.

Jason LeBlanc is facing charges for arson.

Police said he was at a party with a group of firefighters when he sprayed lighter fluid on another fireman.

Jack Shumate was taken to Florida Hospital in Apopka with second-degree burns to his right leg.

Police said the incident was not mean-spirited, but believe the party just got out of hand.

“From my understanding, there was alcohol present at the time of the party, and from my understanding, it was a poor decision that had taken place,” said Officer Steve Popp from the Apopka Police Department. “But there was no vendetta or any real reason why it occurred.”

LeBlanc was an 8-year veteran with the Apopka Fire Department. He has resigned.

One Response

  1. Jon


    During times like these, the government going after our pensions, public view regarding wages (thanks tea partiers),and citizens not knowing what we do it’s imperative that we keep the fire service in a good light. Firefighters need to realize that your not just hurting yourselves when you make a stupid decision. Your hurting the every firefighter in the nation. Now more than ever we need to keep the public on our side.

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