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FF Resigns After Setting Co-Worker On Fire

FF Resigns After Setting Co-Worker On Fire

Associated Press

January 04, 2011

APOPKA, Fla. — A central Florida firefighter has resigned after being charged with setting a co-worker on fire during a Christmas party last month.

Apopka police say 44-year-old Jason Leblanc has been charged with arson and arson resulting in the injury of another.

Police say Leblanc was at a Christmas party Dec. 18 when he poured lighter fluid on 25-year-old Jack Shumate’s legs and lit him on fire. The party had not been organized by the Apopka Fire Department.

Shumate was taken to a nearby hospital with second-degree burns on his legs. He has not returned to work since the fire.

Alcohol was available at the party, but officials say it’s not clear if Leblanc or Shumate had been drinking.