Henry Jarrett accused of attacking firefighter during rescue attempt

4:11 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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ALTON, Ill. (KSDK) - An Alton firefighter suffered minor injuries after being knocked down by an assailant while attempting to rescue a man trapped inside a house fire.

According to Officer Emily Hejna, a spokeswoman for the Alton Police Department, the fire department responded to calls of a house fire in the early morning hours Wednesday. Once on the scene, firefighters confirmed all but one of the residents had exited the home safely. That last person was said to be trapped in the basement of the home.

As firefighters went to enter the home for a rescue attempt, one of the male residents ran toward the house and knocked over Alton Fire Captain Matt Williams. Captain Williams was knocked off the porch and landed on his oxygen tank, injuring his lower back.

Police officers were on scene and were able to take the assailant, identified as Henry L. Jarrett, into custody.

Captain Williams was able to join the other firefighters in their search for the trapped man. Firefighters found the man in the basement and pulled him to safety.

The victim was rushed to Alton Memorial Hospital to be treated for second-degree burns over a majority of his body, Hejna said. He was then airlifted to St. John's Hospital.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the victim's status is unknown.

Jarrett has been charged with aggravated battery.  He is held on $75,000 bail.


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